Powerful Car Bomb Fails to Properly Detonate in Times Square
May 2, 2010
(ChattahBox) – A Times Square T-shirt vendor, helped thwart a potential terrorist attack, after alerting two police officers to a smoking Nissan SUV on 45th Street and Broadway. NYPD cleared the area and discovered what appeared to be an “amateurish” but potentially powerful bomb that apparently began to detonate, consisting of propane tanks, jugs of gasoline, gunpowder, electronic components, and two clocks. Twelve blocks, from West 43rd Street to West 48th Street between Sixth Avenue and Eighth Avenue, were cordoned off with metal barricades. The bomb in the still running vehicle, appeared to be starting to detonate but malfunctioned, top police spokesman Paul Browne told The New York Times.
Smoke was coming from the back of the dark-colored Pathfinder, and a white robotic police arm broke windows of the SUV to remove any explosive materials. Several “pops” were heard from within the vehicle. “We are very lucky,” Mayor Bloomberg said at a press conference after 2 a.m., still wearing his tuxedo from the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. “Thanks to alert New Yorkers and professional police officers we avoided what could have been a very deadly event.” Police are working on uncovering a motive for the attempted attack. The car in question appeared to be stolen and had a Connecticut license plate from another vehicle.