New York’s Statue of Liberty bomb threat

New York's iconic Statue of Liberty
New York's iconic Statue of Liberty

New York (CNN)New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island will reopen to the public Saturday — one day after a bomb threat that led to its evacuation was declared unfounded, officials said.

The NYPD bomb squad on Friday examined a locker thought to contain a suspicious package and found it was empty, a law enforcement official said.

Police declared the scene clear at 3:15 p.m.

Other lockers checked as a precautionary measure, the law enforcement source said.

Images posted on social media showed crowds of visitors walking on ramps to awaiting ferries.

All civilians were evacuated and only emergency personnel remained on Liberty Island, according to police. The fire department had EMS units there as a precaution.

Mike Burke, the head of Statue Cruises, which operates the ferry to the island, said: “Our first priority is the safety and well being of all of our visitors.”

Burke said about 2,700 people were safely transported from the island and offered full refunds. Service to Liberty Island is to resume at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.