NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — Officials said a Mercedes left parked along Park Avenue all day in midtown Manhattan had nothing suspicious inside it after the bomb squad was brought in to investigate it, CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey reports.

Police and bomb squad units arrived on the scene at 51st Street and Park after witnesses say the car had been on the street since 6 a.m. Thursday and the trunk appeared to be weighted down. Authorities were unable to contact the owner and decided to check out the vehicle as a precaution.

Pedestrian and street traffic was blocked off about 10 blocks around the car, before being reopened shortly after 5 p.m.

Police say people who reported hearing an explosion were actually hearing the sounds of officers using tools to investigate the car.

The vehicle was parked near 51st Street and Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan, not far from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Waldorf Astoria hotel.

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Comments (15)
  1. nyc_eaRL says:

    i heard valet parking forgot to put parking stub on the windshield. someone is losing there job tomorrow morning!! urgh

  2. Jocelyn says:

    They should of just left the car on the street like that and then filmed the owners reaction when he returns.

  3. mike nyc says:

    Madison_WI don`t know how to read the report never said its a car bomb you idiot and yes we have to be ready for anything its better to be safe than sorry. I have lost friend in 9-11 in the WTC so think before you make any stupit comment like that

  4. Bernard Zalon says:

    What’s a “reget”?

  5. Jocelyn says:

    Park 51… coincidence??

    1. Harriet says:

      ouch, that makes my brain hurt.

  6. Intrepid New Yorker says:

    Stay in Wisconsin and shut the hell up, fool!

    1. Lilly says:

      People from the mid-west just dont understand. At least we’re smart enough to be alert and look for things! Basically, I love your comment Intrepid!

  7. MADISON_WI says:

    why do they always say it’s a damn bomb????? Damn regets!!!!!!

    1. Harriet says:

      wft, i work around the corner and take offense to your stupid comment, no regets? what that there wasn’t a bomb in the car? people in nyc call in stuff like this because we lost a few buildings already and others have been bombed and such, plus the officals keep asking people to report anything supsious, now 51st and Park is an important place, with important people, whom terrorists may actually take the time to bomb, unlike, say, Madison, WI,

      1. Amanda says:

        Important people. Hehehehehehehe.

        I was on a street a couple of years ago when a manhole cover blew under pressure – the police screamed at everyone “Run! Run! Bomb!”

      2. Sally Rogers says:

        Important people??? Bankers and Lawyers?????? Everyone is important, even if its Madison,WI. THe only difference is that Park Ave / Midtown has a higher concentration of people that would be hurt. EVERYONE Is important!! Doesn’t matter where they are.

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