A suspicious vehicle with two gas canisters caused a brief scare near Union Square in New York forcing the police to clear several blocks but they gave the “all clear” after investigations, saying the vehicle had posed no danger.
“It’s all clear,” a New York Police Department spokesman said.
The car with two gasoline canisters in the back of the Oldsmobile Cutlass, a mid-sized car, was spotted by a Consolidated Edison employee around 10.15 pm (local time), who called the police to report about the suspicious vehicle.
Several streets and a building around Union Square, an important and historic intersection in New York City, were evacuated and dozens of police and firemen roped off several portions of the area with yellow police tape.
Last night’s scare is a clear indication that tensions remain high in New York City after the attempted bombing in Times Square.
In fact, the NYPD has reported a 30 percent jump in suspicious package and vehicle calls in the last two weeks.
And yesterday’s false alarm comes as the feds round up people believed to be connected to Times Square suspect Faisal Shazad.
President Barack Obama was also present in the city at a charity performance, and met with police officials to applaud them on their endeavors against terrorism.