Bomb scare at Statue of liberty


New York: Visitors to the Statue of Liberty were evacuated from Liberty Island in New York Harbor on Friday after a report of a suspicious package, the United States Park Police said.

The evacuation was ordered after a telephone bomb threat, according to CNN and the Wall Street Journal. A spokeswoman for the US Park Police said she could not confirm such a threat, which CNN said was phoned in at about 11:30 a.m.

Ferry service to the island, which has some 4 million visitors a year, was suspended when the security sweep began, said Mike Burke, vice president of Statue Cruises, which operates between island and Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan. “As a precaution, we are currently postponing all service to Liberty Island until the investigation is complete,” he said in statement.