A suspicious package found at New York’s Grand Central Terminus has led to several train delays as authorities investigate the contents of the package. According to ABC News, authorities have closed access to the area as a precautionary measure. In a statement issued by Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Adam Lisberg, the package was spotted shortly before 9 a.m., local time at the transit hub on the east side of Manhattan. The ABC News report adds that the lower level of the terminal has been shut down for investigation. This is the area where numerous food courts and several train tracks are located.
According to initial reports, several trains have been delayed by over 20 minutes. The Grand Central Terminal is the hub for Metro-North trains to suburban areas of New York and Connecticut. Several city subway lines also pass through the Grand Central Terminal — which also happens to be the world’s largest railway station.
As of now, it is unclear what the contents of the package were. It is, however, clear that authorities are conducting a thorough investigation before they give an all-clear.
People have in the meantime taken to Twitter to talk about the early morning disruption at Grand Central Terminal.
They shut down Grand Central. Think this is the universe’s way of saying we need an extra long weekend.
— Lisa Lombardi (@lisaclombardi) May 22, 2015
— Christina Creevy (@Elpinoine_) May 22, 2015
The MTA’s official Twitter account also tweeted out regular updates.
Customers should anticipate delays of 15 to 20 minutes traveling into and out of Grand Central Terminal due to Police Department Activity.
— Metro-North Railroad (@MetroNorth) May 22, 2015
Update: The MTA has since the confirmed that the lower level of the Grand Central Terminal has been now reopened to the public. The investigation as to the contents of the suspicious package will continue.
— MTA (@MTA) May 22, 2015
The news of this suspicious package at Grand Central Terminal comes just a few months after the Inquisitr reported about a bomb scare at the same location. We will update this story when new information become available.
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