Law enforcement officials released a statement this afternoon regarding the evacuation of Liberty Island earlier today.
At approximately 11:33AM the United States Park Police was advised of a telephonic bomb threat against the Statue of Liberty. In response, U.S. Park Police canine units conducted a sweep of Liberty Island and alerted on a possible suspicious package in a visitor locker.
The Statue of Liberty, adjoining buildings, and Liberty Island were evacuated to ensure the safety of all visitors. The New York City Police Department Harbor Unit, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and the New York City Fire Department responded to assist.
Following a thorough check of the site New York City Police Department’s EOD deemed the area safe. Due to the clearing time and regular scheduled closing hours of Liberty Island the monument will remain closed for the remainder of the day
Multiple news outlets are reporting that the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island are being evacuated because of a security concern.
NBC New York
reports that the evacuation began shortly before 1:00 p.m. and that security officials were doing a sweep of the island.
This is a developing story. We will update you with any further news.
No official statement has been released regarding the situation at the Statue.
NBC New York is reporting that the security concern is a "suspicious package."