Authorities shut down a major New York City bridge briefly late Wednesday and sent bomb squad investigators after an abandoned truck was reported, but no explosives were found, police said.

Lieutenant Mike Wysokowski told AFP no bomb was found on the truck abandoned on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, also known as the Triboro Bridge.

The brief scare came just days after a failed bomb attack in Times Square raised fears of a new terror attack on the city, prompting a massive manhunt that led to the arrest of a Pakistani-American suspect.

Officials dispatched the bomb squad after the rental truck was found abandoned on the bridge, which links Manhattan to the boroughs of Queens and the Bronx.

-AFP/NOW Lebanon