Times Square Bomb Scare Incident

>> Monday, May 03, 2010

A t-shirt vendor in Times Square spotted white smokes coming out of a Nissan Pathfinder on Saturday night and alerted a mounted police around the area. The mounted cop smelled gunpowder when he approached the S.U.V. and called for assistance.

The dark green Nissan Pathfinder was parked at the curb right outside of the Viacom building with its engine still running and its hazard lights on. Tourists and businesses along Times Square were shortly evacuated afterwards.

The New York Times reports:

Police officers from the emergency service unit and firefighters flooded the area and were troubled by the hazard lights and running engine, and by the fact that the S.U.V. was oddly angled in the street. At this point, a firefighter from Ladder 4 reported hearing several “pops” from within the vehicle. The police also learned that the Pathfinder had the wrong license plates on it.

Inside, they discovered three canisters of propane like those used for barbecue grills, two five-gallon cans of gasoline, consumer-grade fireworks — the apparent source of the “pops” — and two clocks with batteries, the mayor said. He said the device “looked amateurish.”
The only reason nobody got hurt was because the bomb has malfunctioned. The Taliban is already claiming credit for the failed bomb attack, but the NYPD say they cannot find any evidence to support the claim. So far, they are reviewing some video footage taken at toll booths and various cameras in Times Square and identified the suspect as a White man in his 40s. The materials that made up the bomb can be purchased in Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Early in the month, Comedy Central which is owned by Viacom, has aired an episode of South Park about Islamic prophet Mohammed and received death threats by a radical Muslim group which could very well be related, or it could well be any local militias/teabaggers alike. I hope the police catch them so we can find out soon.

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