It’s the world we live in now…an abandoned truck causes thousands to be evacuated in the Times Square area last night. Broadway goers were rushed to the basement during the Broadway hit “Hamilton”. Some quick thinking street vendors helped out. See something, say something…
A box truck was abandoned in NYC last night and it brought the area to a screeching halt….
They evacuated the entire area, even bringing in barricades to keep people a safe distance away from a beat-up white box truck that was found abandoned on 46th Street near Broadway, right outside of two theaters and the Marriott Marquis hotel.
It wasn’t running, but the keys were in the ignition. Inside the vehicle was a set of suspicious looking wires on the front seat and at least one gas can in the cab.
The American Eagle Outfitters store nearby and other businesses were locked down as a precaution.
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Even Broadway’s hottest musical “Hamilton” was affected by the scare. The audience at the Richard Rodgers Theater was rushed to the basement by police.
Police swarmed the suspicious truck and the bomb squad determined there was no threat. The driver, identified as 28-year-old Ryan Frasier of Queens, was eventually located, handcuffed and taken into custody for questioning.
On Sunday morning, police released the driver with a ticket after questioning him.
The incident, coming in the wake of the Brussels terror attacks reminded many of 9/11 and the 2010 failed terrorist car bombing in Times Square that was thwarted by some quick thinking street vendors.