The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown, Manhattan. Amid the crush of travelers, the North Wing of the terminal was evacuated at 6:23 p.m. EST after a report was made concerning a suspicious package found on Eighth Avenue between 41st and 42nd Streets.
Police have also closed off the area.
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7:23 p.m. Update:
A report was made that a suspicious package had been discovered at Eighth Avenue and West 42nd Street. The New York Police Department deployed a bomb squad to that location in the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Police were originally unclear if the package in question was inside or outside the bus terminal.
The Port Authority has stated the bus terminal was not evacuated, however, the doors were shut temporarily on Eighth Avenue at 41st and 42nd Streets per a request by the NYPD. The Port Authority added that a suspicious package has not been found.
Travelers were reporting on social media websites that police were directing people to Penn Station. Authorities were shouting for commuters to get away from the area and keeping people away from a corner. People believed there was a possible bomb in the area, and reported that helicopters were being heard overhead.
7:33 p.m. Update:
The NYPD bomb squad has given the “all clear.” The Port Authority and commuters returned and continued activities as usual.
By Jeanette Smith
Pix 11: Portion of Port Authority Bus Terminal Being Evacuated Amid Suspicious Package
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