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BREAKING NEWS: Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island Evacuated Due to Security Concerns

The the National Parks Service said that the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island were evacuated shortly before 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015, due to security concerns.

Report by Paula Antolini
April 24, 2015 2:19PM EDT

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The the National Parks Service said that the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island were evacuated shortly before 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015, due to security concerns, but did not indicate the exact cause of what prompted the evacuation and subsequent police investigation.

Law enforcement sources told NBC 4 New York that parks police received a report of a suspicious package.

NBC also reports that tourists were ferried off of the island after parks police patrolling with dogs near a visitors’ locker area picked up the scent of a suspicious package. They report that NYPD’s bomb squad was called to the scene, along with EMS workers, and a security sweep of the island is being conducted. The FBI is also monitoring the investigation.

Visiting tourists photographed the hundreds of people waiting for ferries at the scene, and tweeted photos.

More updates as this develops.

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UPDATE

April 24, 2015, 6:00PM EDT

An all clear has been issued, Liberty Island will open to the public tomorrow.

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