Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island evacuated amid police investigation

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NEW YORK — Tourists visiting the Statue of Liberty were evacuated from Liberty Island because of a police investigation Friday into a suspicious package.

The New York Police Department said Friday it had harbor units at the scene, along with the National Park Service. The park is yet to comment.

“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.”

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

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