As New York City prepped for New Year's Eve celebrations, part of Times Square was briefly shut down and the NASDAQ was evacuated for a short time on Wednesday afternoon in response to a suspicious van that had been parked in the area for two days or more. The area has since reopened. Bomb squad and Emergency Services Unit officers were called in to investigate the vehicle, a white 1992 Dodge van with tarps over the windows, temporary license plates, and a fake law-enforcement parking placard. The van’s vehicle identification number was not visible to officers, who brought in a robot with a camera to search for possible explosives.
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