Police reopened 42nd Street in Times Square Wednesday afternoon after officers used a robot to check out a suspicious van that had been parked there since the morning.

Police closed portions of Broadway and 42nd Street and evacuated nearby buildings around noon, then used a robot-based camera to investigate the van, a white 1992 Dodge with tinted windows.

"There is no explosive device," said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. "The area is being restored."

The van has a temporary registration, Browne said. A placard from a nonexistent law enforcement agency is on the dashboard.

Area buildings received an NYPD alert at 11 a.m. warning that police were investigating a "suspicious vehicle" on Broadway between 41st and 42nd streets, a source said.

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- With Anthony M. DeStefano and AP

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