Overnight, a "low order explosive" bomb was set off at Times Square's Army recruiting station, situated on one of those triangular slivers right smack dab in the middle of Broadway's crossroads.
The blast occurred about 3:45 this morning. Fortunately, No injuries were reported. Authorities are searching for a man on a bicycle.
According to CNN:
Police and fire squads initially cordoned off part of an area around Times Square. Later, vehicular and foot traffic resumed in the area, but the traffic island was closed to pedestrians.I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking how we're all going to be holding our collective breaths.
Subway service to Times Square was briefly halted but resumed in time for the morning rush hour.
UPDATE (March 6, 2008, 4:17 p.m. EST): How is this for marketing spin?
In the story published a short time ago on Playbill.com, there is absolutely no mention whatsoever of a bomb or explosive device, and despite no mention of any incident on The Broadway League's official site, its Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin does take the opportunity to note in the Playbill story that:
We are glad to report that all Broadway shows are continuing on their regular schedules. And now is the perfect time to see a show, with so many offerings, and better availability due to the slower winter months.What amazing spin! I'm practically dizzy.
Fortunately, the folks who operate the official Times Square Web site at least describe what occurred, even though the word "bomb" is studiously avoided.
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