UPDATE 11:29 EST From Reuters
The dark-colored sports utility vehicle which triggered the evacuation of Times Square on Saturday night was found to contain explosives, gasoline, propane and burned wires, a New York Fire Department officer told Reuters.
UPDATE:Thousands of tourists and theatergoers were cleared from Times Square as the police investigated what they suspected was a car bomb there on Saturday evening.
Police officials said they received a report about 6:30 p.m. of smoke coming from a Nissan Pathfinder parked on 45th Street just west of Seventh Avenue. The authorities found a smoking package in the vehicle and now believe it was a bomb. A bomb squad was sent to the scene.
The package did not explode, and officials said they did not know whether it was related to terrorism.
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CBS News reports an investigation of a suspicious package found in a car has disrupted traffic, both on the roads and the sidewalks, in New York’s Times Square.
A New York Police Department public information officer told CBS News the car was initially thought to be on fire. Firefighters later found out that the car was smoking, not on fire, but a suspicious package was found in the car's back seat.
The car was first reported to police at 6:33 p.m. Eastern time, the officer said.
Officials told CBS News Station WCBS-TV in New York that there were no injuries at the scene. As a precaution, the bomb squad has been brought to the scene and is using a robot to inspect the package.
Times Square has been shut down during the investigation. Traffic is being diverted from the area and pedestrians have been pushed back from the scene.