A bomb scare closed New York’s Grand CentralÂ Station during the Oscars ceremony last night after a man reportedly called 911Â claiming a device ‘would explode in 13 minutes’.
The Metropolitan Transportation AuthorityÂ (MTA) shut down its shuttle service between the station and Times Square andÂ told trains 4,5 and 6 to bypass the affected area.
There were also initial reports the stationÂ had been evacuated and confusion reigned as neither the MTA, NYPD or Metro NorthÂ would confirm the cause of the emergency.
However, after a 30-minute search by theÂ NYPD, no bomb was discovered.
The alarm was apparently triggered when a manÂ rang 911 at around 9pm saying a ‘bomb will go off in 13 minutes’.
NYScanner reported that the bomb squad hadÂ been despatched and the area evacuated.
The NYPD would not comment on whether thereÂ had been a bomb threat and initially referred inquiries to the MTA.
At 9.40pm, a spokesman for the MTA subway system confirmed that the Times Square shuttle had been shut down, andÂ 4, 5Â and 6 trains were skipping the station temporarily.
But it would not say what the cause was andÂ told journalists to go to the commuter railroad, Metro North, for any inquiries,Â it was reported by DNAinfo.
A spokesman for the Metro North Railroad,Â which handles railroad operations at the station in turn called the operationÂ ‘an NYPD investigation’ and said ‘there is nothing wrong at Grand CentralÂ Terminal, which is what the MTA handles’.
It was only at 10.15pm, when trains returnedÂ to normal that the MTA suggested the situation had been caused by a bombÂ scare.
MTA spokeswoman Deirdre Parker said: ‘MyÂ understanding is that it was bomb threat, but that’s all I know. I don’t knowÂ anything about the terminal, and the NYPD is taking the lead on it.’
At 11pm, the NYPD had still not confirmedÂ whether any bomb scare had occurred.