Last updated: 05:08 PM ET, Sat April 02 2016

Manhattan Bus Terminal Evacuated Over Bomb Scare

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | April 02, 2016

Manhattan Bus Terminal Evacuated Over Bomb Scare

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A suspicious package found in the south wing of the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan led to a brief evacuation Saturday afternoon, law enforcement sources told New York Daily News

A box the size of a cigar, wrapped in brown paper was seen in the Eighth Ave. transit hub around 2:45 p.m., the newspaper reported.

New York Daily News said a Port Authority bomb-sniffing dog “got a bad hit off the bag.”

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The NYPD Bomb Squad and the FDNY were called for assistance, officials told the newspaper.

All buses headed to the terminal were re-routed, the newspaper reported.

About 45 minutes after the evacuation was announced, authorities said the package was harmless, a Port Authority spokesman told the newspaper.

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During the evacuation, some commuters shared their thoughts on Twitter.

DysBottom ‏tweeted: "'They have to get everyone out, they have to evacuate' words that are not fun to hear while passing port authority."

Kristin Loucks ‏tweeted: “Ok Joi & I were sitting in Port Authority & they made everybody evacuate so I'm just gonna sit here talking to Jesus until everything is ok.”

Officials let commuters back in the terminal within an hour, New York Daily News reported.


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