Suspicious car in midtown Manhattan deemed safe

08:38, September 03, 2010      

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New York City police closed streets in midtown Manhattan on Thursday afternoon after a suspicious car was reported, and after more than one hour of investigation, the situation was declared all clear.

The black Mercedes Benz was parked at an odd angle at Park Avenue and East 51st Street, prompting authorities to call in a bomb squad and a robot used to defuse bombs, police said.

Traffic heading south on Park Avenue was entirely blocked from East 50th to East 57th streets, while traffic heading north on Park Avenue was only blocked off from East 50th to East 52nd streets.

Police say the measure was strictly precautionary as they discovered the Mercedes was parked there since 6 a.m. and appeared to be weighed down, low to the ground.

The Park Avenue was reopened to traffic after police declared the car did not contain harmful materials.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:李牧(实习))

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