Authorities investigate suspicious vehicle near Times Square

File photo of Times Square
File photo of Times Square

Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email

NEW YORK (AP) - A suspicious white van parked in the heart of Times Square prompted the New York Police Department to partially evacuate high-rises and send out bomb squads just before 1 p.m. Wednesday. No hazardous materials were found in the van that was parked for days with tinted windows, no license plates and a placard from a nonexistent law enforcement agency.

Police say the area around 42nd Street between Seventh Avenue and Broadway were blocked off as a precaution. Two high-rise buildings home to Nasdaq and Conde Nast were partially evacuated for a brief period of time.

Security is tight as New York City prepares for hundreds of thousands of revelers to gather for its New Year's Eve celebration.

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