Several streets around Times Square were evacuated briefly Saturday night while police investigated a semi truck with exposed wires that was parked in a bus stop, the NYPD said.
Officers with the NYPD’s Critical Response Command were patrolling Times Square shortly before 8 p.m. when they spotted the truck parked in a bus stop in front of an entrance to the New York Marriott Marquis hotel on West 46th Street.
There were wires coming out of the dashboard toward the rear of the truck and gas canisters were seen behind the seat, NYPD officials said.
The truck listed a Brooklyn address on its side decal, but had a Georgia license plate, and the driver had left the truck running unattended, according to police.
NYPD officers evacuated pedestrians and people in cars in parts of Seventh Avenue and West 46th Street for about half an hour while the agency’s bomb squad and Emergency Services Unit investigated the truck, which was deemed safe. The gas canisters and the truck were empty, police said.
The driver of the truck soon was found and was questioned by officers. Police said the investigation was continuing.