Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island evacuated after suspicious package found

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NEW YORK — Tourists visiting the Statue of Liberty were evacuated from Liberty Island on Friday after a suspicious package was found.

The NYPD bomb squad was called to the scene, the U.S. Park Police said. About 12:30 p.m. EDT, people were hustled off Liberty Island and onto waiting ferries.

“Please cooperate ladies and gentlemen and step quickly through the gap (in the barricades) to the rear of the vessel,” visitors were told over the loudspeakers in a video recorded by a visitor.  “There is more seating available up top so please do not stop or hesitate on the gangway.”

No injuries have been reported.

Liberty Island is a major Manhattan tourist attraction best known for the Statue of Liberty National Monument.

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