Statue of Liberty evacuated after suspicious package report

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Visitors 'Calm' as Statue of Liberty Evacuated

NEW YORK (AP) - The Statue of Liberty is being evacuated, and New York City police say they're responding to a report of a suspicious package.

The New York Police Department said Friday it had boats at the scene, along with the National Park Service.

Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing.

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Statue of Liberty evacuated after suspicious package report
A tourist boat sails past the Statue of Liberty and the island it sits on after it was evacuated because of a suspicious package in New York on April 24, 2015. New York police said the island was cleared of visitors by 2:00 pm (1800 GMT) and a special team of explosives experts was sent to the island. AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A man looks at the Statue of Liberty and the island it sits on after it was evacuated because of a suspicious package in New York on April 24, 2015. New York police said the island was cleared of visitors by 2:00 pm (1800 GMT) and a special team of explosives experts was sent to the island. AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island.

Karen Mason, of Cincinnati, Ohio, says the scene was "very orderly." But some people complained that they were not told what led to the evacuation.

The Park Service has yet to comment.

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