The appearance of a suspicious package in Madison Square Park has drawn the attention of the NYPD's Bomb Squad:
NYPD bomb squad investigating Madison Square Park right now pic.twitter.com/ZOH8qXphl7— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) January 30, 2014
Authorities were apparently summoned after a bag placed on a bench was noticed:
Bomb squad investigating a suspicious bag on a bench in Madison Square Park pic.twitter.com/VjvBDWXavh— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) January 30, 2014
The park has been roped off and traffic in the immediate area has been shut down.
As in, most of Madison Square Park is roped off right now and street has been blocked pic.twitter.com/tRPkERTK8d— Anita Badejo (@anitabadejo) January 30, 2014
According to Jeff Revesz, Director of Ads Technology for BuzzFeed, the threat has been alleviated:
Madison Square Park bomb threat has now been cleared.— Jeff Revesz (@infogasm) January 30, 2014
UPDATE: A representative from New York City's Office of Emergency Management confirmed that the package had been cleared, saying "There was a call about a suspicious package that warranted a response, but it has since been properly identified."