Update: A bomb threat and the discovery of a suspicious package on Liberty Island forced the evacuation of the island and the Statue of Liberty this afternoon, according to authorities.
Authorities received the threat from a 911 caller shortly after 11 a.m. Park police evacuated the island and initiated a search. Shortly after noon, one of the sniffing dogs indicated there was something suspicious in a locker.
The National Park Service as well as the New York Police Department determined that the locker did not contain any explosive device.
At approximately 2 p.m., police deemed the island safe.
According to unconfirmed reports, the suspicious package was found in a locker shortly after a bomb threat was received.