Sunday, May 02, 2010

Times Square Bomb Scare

Times Square Bomb Scare

Last evening, a dark green Nissan Pathfinder that included a crude bomb was found parked on 45th Street just to the west of Broadway in New York City's Theatre District -- adjacent to Times Square.

Those familiar with this area will know that 45th Street cuts just to the south of the Marriott Marquis Hotel (home to the Broadway show Come Fly Away) and just to the north of the Minskoff Theatre (home to Broadway's The Lion King).

Anyone with knowledge or information that can help the investigation is encouraged to call 1.800.577.TIPS. The car was found at approximately 6:30 p.m. as smoke emanated from it. Police reported that the vehicle contained explosives, gasoline, propane tanks and burned wires, along with a metal box.

There are many conflicting reports regarding the actual incident as well as whether Broadway shows proceeded or were cancelled (UPDATE: all shows played as scheduled last evening). One first hand account of what transpired has been provided by L. Brandon Gloster, who had been working at Come Fly Away Saturday evening.

Fortunately, despite displaced hotel guest and theatre patrons, no one has been reported injured. We certainly have the New York Police and Fire Departments to thank.

Even though I was in Times Square earlier Saturday, I for once was relieved last evening to be in the comfort and safety of my own home. But the cowardice shown in Times Square won't deter me from returning again soon.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 02 May, 2010, Anonymous Times Square Bomb Scare said...

Initially, at 6:30 tonight, Saturday (1 / 5) local time, an officer saw smoke coming from the SUV. An eyewitness said she saw someone running from the car. Police began examining the recording camera around the scene. So far, the car registration was declared not fit with registration.

At 02 May, 2010, Anonymous jenny said...

IT started from a smoke, then it turns out it was a bomb. I have a feeling the culprit of this scare is repeating the last bomb scare we had on NYTS a couple of months ago.

Actually these type of bombs could look very simple, but can explode catastrophically


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