Sound of kids hurling alcohol bottles from Times Square Hotel mistaken for gunshots, woman injured

The sounds of “an explosion or gunshots” preceded the lockdown of a New York City street near Times Square as officers investigated kids, alcohol bottles and a 32nd-floor window that sent one woman to the hospital.

Friday, while members of the New York City Police Department were ramping up security around the famed venue for the New Year’s Eve ball drop, a couple of kids staying at the Intercontinental Hotel were reportedly engaged in a drop of their own.

“It sounded like an explosion or gunshots,” a passerby had reportedly told an officer, according to the New York Post.

The incident was said to have involved 12- and 11-year-old girls staying with their guardians at the hotel on West 44th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenue where shooter bottles of alcohol were being hurled from the window hundreds of feet up and crashing down near the Shake Shack, Satin Dolls strip club and upon one unsuspecting passerby.

“I can understand why people thought it was gunshots. When something falls 32 stories and hits the ground it will make a loud noise,” a law enforcement source told The Post after the street had been closed off.

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The Post detailed that one 24-year-old woman was injured by the projectiles and had to be taken to Bellevue Hospital, having suffered a cut to her head.

“The 12-year-old was charged with reckless endangerment as a juvenile, while the 11-year-old was not charged because of her age, sources said,” according to The Post.

A bouncer outside Satin Dolls said he had nearly been struck and spoke to the severity of the incident, “Throwing a bottle from the 34th floor, you could literally kill somebody.”

“A lot of stuff came out the window,” hot dog vendor David Thabet told the New York Daily News as he too had a bottle nearly strike his stand. Pedestrians ran for cover during the incident that also had an NYPD helicopter report to the scene.

Speaking with The Post, an employee from Shake Shack described how many believed “someone was trying to jump out of the window” as locals were told to shelter in place for more than three hours because of the incident. A similar impression had been shared by Sugar Factory hostess Maria Vasketsova, 21, who told the Post, “I thought it was a suicide. Everyone was looking up as I was walking into work.”

Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) touted security efforts ahead of the upcoming celebration earlier in the day and said during a press conference, “There are no specific threats to the city, but as we saw last year, you don’t have to have a specific threat to get a threat, and we’re going to be ready.”

“It’s a real Herculean task to manage that number of people without being heavy-handed but being protective, and we’re sure there’s gonna be some type of attempt this year [to interrupt the event],” continued Adams as anti-Israel protests had swept the Big Apple in all manner of disruptive ways since the Oct. 7 attack of Israel by Hamas, including an attempt to disrupt the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

As for the bottle incident, one of the guardians told the Post, “No comment.”

Kevin Haggerty


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