False-alarm bomb threat forces partial evacuation of Port Authority Bus Terminal for nearly an hour

Midtown’s Port Authority bus terminal was partially evacuated Saturday afternoon following a bomb scare, law enforcement sources said.

The evacuation of the Eighth Ave. transit hub was called after a suspicious package, a cigar-sized box wrapped in brown paper, was found in the south wing of the terminal in front of McCann’s about 2:45 p.m.

That section of the terminal was evacuated after a Port Authority bomb-sniffing dog got a bad hit off the bag.

After about 45 minutes, the package was deemed harmless, a Port Authority spokesman said.

Commuters reacted to the evacuation on Twitter.

“Oh hey, they evacuated the Port Authority,” wrote Jamie Swanson. “Maybe I shouldn't have told my aunt and uncle to meet me on 8th Avenue.”

Kristin Loucks was sitting in the Port Authority when cops told everyone to leave.

“I’m just going to sit here talking to Jesus until everything is OK,” she tweeted.

Commuters were allowed back within an hour, officials said.

During the evacuation, all buses coming into the terminal were re-routed and told to offload passengers a block or two away.

The FDNY and the NYPD Bomb Squad were also called in to lend assistance, officials said.

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