July 10, 2007 / 8:06 PM / 12 years ago

REFILE-UPDATE 2-NYC's Times Square reopens after security scare

(Refiles to correct typo in paragraph 2) (Updates with reopening)

NEW YORK, July 10 (Reuters) - A section of New York City’s Times Square was closed down briefly on Tuesday as police investigated what they described as a possible bomb scare, but the suspicious bag was later found to be forgotten luggage.

Several blocks of Seventh Avenue, including along the front of the Reuters building, were closed to traffic for more than half an hour while police investigated the suspicious item.

A Reuters witness said the suspicious item was a red bag.

A Reuters building manager said officers with the New York Police Department had emptied the bag and “it appears to be full of clothing.”

Seventh Avenue is now reopen.

The bag was found at the corner of 42nd street and Seventh Avenue. A spokeswoman for NYC Transit said subway services at the busy 42nd Street/Times Square station were not affected.

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