Times Square was evacuated after a suspicious vehicle with exposed wires from the dashboard and gas canisters behind the seats was left unattended and running, authorities said.
The bomb squad, fire department and emergency units were called to the scene around 8pm on Saturday after the moving truck was found on West 46th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, according to the NYPD.
The evacuation was called off around 8.35pm, although authorities are still investigating the vehicle and questioning the truck driver.
Members of the Critical Response Command noticed a suspicious vehicle was parked in front of the Marriott Hotel while they were patrolling the area at 7.51pm, according to the NYPD.
Dozens of police officers searched a moving truck with an East New York, Brooklyn, address on the side of the vehicle, although officials say it was licensed in Georgia.
Officers noticed ‘wires extending out from the dashboard’ and gas canisters behind the seat.
An emergency unit and bomb squad were called, but they found the gas canisters were empty and the vehicle was later deemed safe.