New York bomb squad clears suspicious package in Times Square
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By Laila Kearney
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's bomb squad responded to a suspicious piece of luggage abandoned on a sidewalk in the Times Square neighborhood on Wednesday that was later determined to be harmless, police said.
Police blocked off a stretch of the tourist destination as investigators worked to determine the contents and owner of the luggage left outside a McDonald's restaurant, a police spokesman said.
After more than an hour of investigating, police said they discovered the rolling suitcase was empty.
Last Saturday, a pressure-cooker bomb exploded in Manhattan, injuring 31 people. Additional bombs were found in a second location in the city and in Elizabeth, New Jersey shortly after the explosion.
Police have charged 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, for the explosion.
(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Grant McCool)
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