Police Are Stopping Every Car Coming Into Times Square

Times Square
First officer waving cars through

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In response to a possible car bomb attack on New York’s bridges or tunnels, police in Manhattan Friday are checking every car coming into Times Square and stepping up security across the city.CBS News reports the “credible but unconfirmed al Qaeda threat” via a car bomb in New York or Washington D.C. is the first “active plot” planned for the 10-year commemoration of 9/11.

Originating from the remnants of al Qaeda in Pakistan and its leader

Times Square
Second officer about 50 feet away doing the same

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Ayman al Zawahiri, the new information coincides with data found in Osama bin Laden’s compound on May 2.Various reports on Twitter confirm a heavy police presence throughout Midtown:

@soniamoghe: Police are checking EVERY car going into Times Square

@BWheatnyc: Terror threat must be serious in NYC. Cops stopping cars 4 inspection on 5th Ave. traffic delayed.

@Jazz_Kat: Lots of five-oh in Manhattan…there are even checkpoints, stopping cars. There are also police in my bldg…..today is going 2 B a long day

Update: These pictures were taken at 11:30 a.m at 42nd and 8th. Cars pulled up to the first officer — she slowed them down, looked at the drivers as they approached, and then passed them through to the next officer who did the same thing.

A lot of camera crews and tourists filming and taking pictures.