Times Square was evacuated on the afternoon of March 2, after a grenade was discovered in the back of an Uber vehicle. The driver found the grenade after dropping off a passenger at 42nd Street and 7th Ave. in Times Square, and promptly alerted the authorities. The New York Police Department (NYPD) deployed the Emergency Services Unit and Bomb Squad.

At the time of the incident, anti-Israel protestors were marching through the city, obstructing traffic. NYPD struggled to reach the device due to the ongoing protest. To ensure public safety, authorities closed off pedestrian and vehicle access on 42nd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Although the grenade was suspected to be inert, according to a police source, precautions were taken to secure the area.

Source: International Business Times

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