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NEW YORK — A suspicious package found near the Macy’s Herald Square flagship caused a disruption Monday afternoon when the police closed off Herald Square Plaza and the store’s two Broadway entrances. Macy’s stayed open and was not evacuated
Police cordoned off Herald Square at Broadway from 34th to 35th Streets after receiving a 911 call at 12:38 p.m. regarding a suitcase found in front of the department store. The bomb squad identified the package as a suitcase of clothing, said a police spokeswoman, who added that the area reopened at 2:20 p.m.
“We shut down our two Broadway doors at approximately 12:45 p.m. and opened them at 2 p.m. upon NYPD’s direction,” said Elina Kazan, a Macy’s spokeswoman.
The Herald Square scare was one of three false alarms Monday in the New York metropolitan area. In the early morning, a section of Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport was closed when security officers were said to have found radiation coming from a checked bag. Officials discovered that the radiation came from a computer monitor and the air terminal reopened at about 8:15 a.m.
In Manhattan, police received a call at 9:45 a.m. that a minivan packed with boxes was parked close to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side. Police shut down six blocks along Fifth Avenue. The area was reopened around noon after investigators discovered that the vehicle contained boxes of apparel.