May 02, 2010

Bombing Attempt at Times Square

(NYC) Around 6PM Saturday, an NYPD officer noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in Times Square which, at the time, was packed with thousands of tourists and theater-goers. The vehicle, a Nissan Pathfinder, was seen emitting smoke and a "flash" was noticed about 6:30.

An evacuation was ordered in the immediate area of 45th and Broadway.

Bomb techs from the FBI's New York office were called to the scene to assist the NYPD Bomb Squad in the investigation.

Inside the SUV, investigators found three propane cylinders, two five-gallon jerry cans of gasoline, a canister of powder, electrical components and an alarm clock, police officials said.

Though police on the scene said the motive for the suspected attempted fire-bombing was unknown, but they described the incident as "the real deal."

After the fire in the vehicle was reported at around 6:35 p.m., police closed off an area in Times Square near 44th Street and 7th Avenue.

No suspects identified yet. Investigators fanned out to collect surveillance videotapes from area businesses.

Developing .

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