Times Square Car-Bomb Could Have Caused ‘Sizable’ Deaths, Video Released
May 3, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Federal law enforcement officials and the New York City police department are relieved that the makeshift bomb left in an abandoned Nissan SUV Pathfinder in Times Square on Saturday did not ignite, which could have killed and injured dozens of people in the popular tourist district. And it appears law enforcement officials are nearing in on the suspects, with the release of surveillance video depicting a man running from the scene and another man changing his shirt in a nearby alley.
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, said on Sunday the bombing attempt would have resulted in “a fireball” and was “a sober reminder that New York is a target for people who want to come here and do us harm.” Investigators believe that bomb, if detonated, would have torn the SUV apart and caused “sizable” deaths and injuries.
According to the report in the Washington Post, luckily the fertilizer used to manufacture the bomb was not the type to ignite:
“In the rear of the SUV, police found a makeshift bomb made up of three tanks of propane similar to those used in backyard barbecues; two jugs of gasoline; dozens of M-88 firecrackers, which are legal for purchase in some states, and metal gun case holding 100 pounds of fertilizer that police said was incapable of exploding.”
Meanwhile, investigators are pouring over the SUV and the bomb-making materials for evidence and have obtained surveillance videos showing two people of interest, police officials want to speak with:
“New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told CNN on Monday that authorities want to speak to the man who according to the video took off a long-sleeved, dark-colored shirt to reveal a short-sleeved, red shirt underneath. The man, described as white and in his 40s, appears to be glancing nervously in the direction of the Nissan Pathfinder where the undetonated explosives were discovered. Kelly said police also have video that they will release later Monday of an individual “running north on Broadway” about the time that vendors alerted police to the locked and smoking Pathfinder. Investigators would like to identify and speak to that person as well, Kelly said.”
Over the weekend, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing attempt in a video posted on YouTube and in a statement posted on an Islamic website. But investigators have found no evidence linking the terrorist group to the bombing attempt.
Although federal officials initially were concerned the Times Square car-bombing attempt could have been a part of multiple coordinated attacks, there is no evidence that New York City faces additional attacks. Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary, said federal authorities are treating the bombing attempt, as a “one-off” attack.