BOMB SQUAD CALLED to Suspicious Vehicle With Gas Canisters In New York City …Update: Police Give the All Clear
New York police and the fire department were investigating a suspicious vehicle parked with gas canisters inside it near Union Square in Manhattan late Thursday, MyFoxNY.com reported.
The bomb squad and the emergency services unit were on the scene and authorities were using a robot to inspect the vehicle, CNN reported.
Police said that gas canisters could be seen in the rear seat of the car — an Oldsmobile with an American flag sticker on the back.
The area around Union Square subway station was blocked off as a precaution.
Officials told NBC that police were responding to a report from a pedestrian. It was one of more than 100 such calls police receive each day.
The TV network reported there has been a 30 percent jump in suspicious package calls since the failed car bombing attempt on Times Square earlier this month.
This is the fourth bomb scare since failed Times Square attack.
UPDATE: Police gave the all clear after investigating the vehicle.