This Is What Happens When A Suspected Bomb Is Left In A New York City Park

Today for lunch at BuzzFeed, we had a bomb scare! NYPD told surrounding offices to keep their employees inside, but the situation has been resolved.

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The New York Police Department responded to a bomb scare in New York City after a suspicious package was found on a bench at Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District, near the intersection of 5th Avenue and 23rd Street.

Suspicious package near Madison Square Park, park, streets around it blocked off.

Lisa Tozzi@lisatozzi

Suspicious package near Madison Square Park, park, streets around it blocked off.

12:38 PM - 30 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police instructed nearby offices to keep everyone inside their buildings. BuzzFeed employees were among them, as our office is immediately across the street.

The NYPD is strapping equipment onto someone in front of our building and we have been instructed not to exit

Adrian Carrasquillo@RealAdrianC

The NYPD is strapping equipment onto someone in front of our building and we have been instructed not to exit

12:34 PM - 30 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A suspicious package that appeared to the naked eye to be a blue duffel bag was approached by an officer wearing protective armor.

Blurry mysterious package that brought the bomb squad to Madison Square Park.

Ellie Hall@ellievhall

Blurry mysterious package that brought the bomb squad to Madison Square Park.

12:41 PM - 30 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Bomb squad investigating a suspicious bag on a bench in Madison Square Park

Mike Hayes@michaelhayes

Bomb squad investigating a suspicious bag on a bench in Madison Square Park

12:44 PM - 30 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police gave an all clear approximately 15 minutes after telling everyone to stay in place.

Update: Bomb squad acting pretty chill outside the park

Mike Hayes@michaelhayes

Update: Bomb squad acting pretty chill outside the park

12:41 PM - 30 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And the lesson is?

Don't leave your backpack in the park, people

samir mezrahi@samir

Don't leave your backpack in the park, people

12:45 PM - 30 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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