Saturday, May 01, 2010
NYPD Evacuates Times Square After Smoking Nissan Pathfinder SUV With Switched Plates Sparks Car Bomb Investigation At The Corner of 45th Street and 7th Ave.
CAR BOMB IN TIMES SQUARE !
NY DAILY NEWS...Police evacuated New York's Times Square Saturday night after a dark-colored sports utility vehicle was found to be smoking and a small "flash" was observed by firefighters on the scene.
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Officers at the Times Square scene said the evacuation order stemmed from an "emergency investigation" and dozens of officers blocked access to the busy central Manhattan square, which is popular with tourists and theater-goers. New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said a NISSAN PATHFINDER had been left in Times Square, with smoke seen coming from it.
There was an unconfirmed report that someone was seen running from the car, Browne said. A bomb squad responded and a small fire was extinguished, he said. "We're just trying to determine if it was anything other than a car fire," said Browne. "We don't know yet if it's anything more than that."
The SUV is parked very close to a production of "The LionKing" on 45th Street. Women in evening gowns were among the crowd on one of the warmest nights of the year and the busiest night of the week for Broadway theaters in the area, a man was reported seen running from the SUV. more from this source.............
NY TIMES...Police officials said a witness reported a running Nissan Pathfinder with Connecticut plates, with smoke coming out of the back. A bomb squad robot popped the back latch of the Pathfinder, and officers found what they initially believed was a bomb. The vehicle was found to contain explosives, gasoline, propane and burned wires, a Fire Department officer told Reuters.
The officer, who did not give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the news media, said that a man was seen fleeing the S.U.V. and that the police evacuated the area in case there were other threats nearby. The license plates on the Nissan were registered to a Ford F-150, the police said.
NY POST....Times Sq. panic after car carrying gunpowder, gasoline found on fire. Times Square was shut down for several hours tonight after what cops feared was a bomb was found inside a smoking vehicle with bogus license plates parked in front of a Broadway theater — sending frantic people racing for safety to nearby restaurants and stores, authorities said.
Pedestrians spotted the smoldering Nissan Pathfinder at 6:30 p.m. on West 45th Street near Seventh Avenue, directly in front of an entrance to the Minskoff Theatre, which houses the hugely popular "The Lion King." The car’s Connecticut license plates were actually registered to a Ford F-150.
When the Fire Department arrived, they heard what "sounded like fireworks" going off so they called the NYPD’s Bomb Squad and Emergency Service Unit, sources said. "It just looked like more than a typical car fire," a source said. Several staffers in the Minskoff told The Post they heard an explosion, more from this source........
The frantic situation in Times Square was reminiscent of the Denzel Washington movie "The Siege" where Muslim radicals plant bombs all over New York City and in one scenario bomb a Broadway Play.
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