The NYPD moved people from that area before discovering that the threat was unfounded.
The NYPD was acting out of an abundance of caution, both due to the bomb threat in the U.S. Capitol and a heightened concern about security in Afghanistan.
West 45th to West 48th streets in Times Square reopened to pedestrians and traffic.
A man on a bicycle dropped a metal container with crackers inside near the outdoor seating area.
The container was recovered and is not considered a threat.
The incident is not believed criminal and police are not actively looking for the man.
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