Police investigate Times Square blast

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Let the fear mongering begin!

Police investigate Times Square blast By DEREK ROSE, Associated Press Writer
14 minutes ago



NEW YORK - A small bomb caused minor damage to an empty military recruiting station in Times Square early Thursday, shaking guests in hotel rooms high above "the crossroads of the world."

The blast, which happened around 3:45 a.m., left a gaping hole in the front window and shattered a glass door, twisting and blackening its metal frame. No one was hurt. But Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the device, though unsophisticated, could have caused "injury and even death."

A witness saw a person on a bicycle wearing a backpack and a hood and acting suspiciously, but no one saw the device being placed in front of the recruiting center, authorities said at a news conference.

"If it is something that's directed toward American troops then it's something that's taken very seriously and is pretty unfortunate," said Army Capt. Charlie Jaquillard, who is the commander of Army recruiting in Manhattan.

He said no one was inside the station, where the Marines, Air Force and Navy also recruit.

Witnesses staying at a Marriott hotel four blocks away said they could feel the building shake with the blast.

"I was up on the 44th floor and I could feel it. It was a big bang," said Darla Peck, 25, of Portland, Ore.

"It shook the building. I thought it could have been thunder, but I looked down and there was a massive plume of smoke so I knew it was an explosion," said Terry Leighton, 48, of London, who was staying on the 21st floor of the Marriott.

The military's 1,600 recruiting stations nationwide were alerted to the New York incident and advised to use extra caution, said Douglas Smith, spokesman for the Army recruiting command.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said no official higher state of alert had been issued. "We do get occasional vandals at our recruiting stations," Whitman said. "It's unfortunate but it happens from time to time."

New York recruiters will work out of their Union Square office for now, he said.

Members of the police department's bomb squad and fire officials gathered outside the station in the early morning darkness, and police cars and yellow tape blocked drivers — most of them behind the wheels of taxicabs — from entering one of the world's busiest crossroads. Police began allowing some traffic through around the start of rush hour.

Authorities were still trying to determine exactly what kind of device was used. When investigators went through the evidence, they found a metal ammunition box that is believed to have contained the explosive. It was being sent for testing. Kelly said the box was readily available in Army-Navy surplus stores.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the act "insults every one of our brave men and women in uniform stationed around the world."

"Whoever the coward was that committed this disgraceful act on our city will be found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law," said Bloomberg. "We will not tolerate such attacks."

Though subway cars passed through the Times Square station without stopping in the early hours of the investigation, normal service was soon restored, with some delays.

The recruiting station, located on a traffic island surrounded by Broadway theaters and chain restaurants, has occasionally been the site of anti-war demonstrations, ranging from silent vigils to loud rallies.

In October 2005, a group of activists who call themselves the Granny Peace Brigade rallied there against the Iraq war. Eighteen activists, most of them grandmothers with several in their 80s and 90s, were later acquitted of disorderly conduct.

The recruiting station was renovated in 1999 to better fit into the flashy ambiance of Times Square, using neon tubing to give the glass and steel office a patriotic American flag motif. For a half century, the station was the armed forces' busiest recruiting center. It has set national records for enlistment, averaging about 10,000 volunteers a year.

Police said it was too early to say if the blast may have been related to two other minor explosions in the city.

In October, two small explosive devices were tossed over a fence at the Mexican consulate, shattering three windows but causing no injuries. No threats had been made against the consulate, and no one took responsibility for the explosion, police said.

At the time, police said they were investigating whether it was connected to a similar incident at the British consulate on May 5, 2005.

In that incident, the explosions took place in the early morning hours, when Britons were going to the polls in an election that returned Prime Minister Tony Blair to power.

In both cases, the instruments were fake grenades sometimes sold as novelty items. They were packed with black powder and detonated with fuses, but incapable of causing serious harm, police said.
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Budyzir

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They have so many cams, both police and private, in Time Square so I would be surprised if the cops don't have video of this ass by the end of the day.
 

Mother Shucker

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They have so many cams, both police and private, in Time Square so I would be surprised if the cops don't have video of this ass by the end of the day.
That was my first thought also. This guy is toast, or corn, depending on which you prefer.
 

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$100 on PETA or some other animal rights group, because of that shitty dog-throwing hero.
 

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Heard about this this morning... Amazing how i'm (and most NY'ers im guessing) are so hardened by shit that the first thing i wondered was ' I hope my train aint crowded or delayed because of this'

On the scale of shit happening, this was very low
 

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I'm putting money on the Muzzies.
 

Jerry1

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Already a lead?

Video shows bicyclist fleeing Times Sq. By TOM HAYS, Associated Press Writer
10 minutes ago



NEW YORK - A small bomb caused minor damage to a landmark military recruiting station in the heart of Times Square before dawn Thursday, and police were searching for a hooded bicyclist seen on a surveillance video pedaling away.

The video shows the bicyclist getting off a bike at 3:40 a.m. Thursday and walking toward the building. A minute or so later, the person returned to the bike and rode away. A brief flash and a cloud of white smoke follows.

A bike, believed used in the crime, was later found in the trash on West 38th Street, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

The blast left a gaping hole in the front window and shattered a glass door, twisting and blackening its metal frame. No one was hurt, but Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the device, though unsophisticated, could have caused "injury and even death."

"If it is something that's directed toward American troops then it's something that's taken very seriously and is pretty unfortunate," said Army Capt. Charlie Jaquillard, who is the commander of Army recruiting in Manhattan.

Witnesses staying at a Marriott hotel four blocks away said they could feel the building shake with the blast.

"It shook the building. I thought it could have been thunder, but I looked down and there was a massive plume of smoke so I knew it was an explosion," said Terry Leighton, 48, of London, who was staying on the 21st floor of the Marriott.

David Hassan, who operates a breakfast cart across the street, said he was in the area when the explosion happened.

"I saw smoke and there was a loud boom," he said. "I was scared. I'm still shaky."

The military's 1,600 recruiting stations nationwide were alerted and advised to use extra caution, said Douglas Smith, spokesman for the Army recruiting command.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said no official higher state of alert had been issued. "We do get occasional vandals at our recruiting stations," Whitman said. "It's unfortunate but it happens from time to time."

The office recurits for the Navy, Marines, Air Force and Army. New York recruiters will temporarily work out of their Union Square, Whitman said.

Members of the police department's bomb squad and fire officials gathered outside the station in the early morning darkness, and police cars and yellow tape blocked drivers — most of them behind the wheels of taxicabs — from entering one of the world's busiest crossroads. Police began allowing some traffic through around the start of rush hour.

Authorities were still trying to determine exactly what kind of device was used. When investigators went through the evidence, they found a metal ammunition box that is believed to have contained the explosive. It was being sent for testing. Kelly said the box was readily available in Army-Navy surplus stores.

"Whoever the coward was that committed this disgraceful act on our city will be found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

The recruiting station, located near the theater district on a traffic island, is surrounded by chain stores and restaurants and several TV studios, has occasionally been the site of anti-war demonstrations, ranging from silent vigils to loud rallies.

In October 2005, a group of activists who call themselves the Granny Peace Brigade rallied there against the Iraq war. Eighteen activists, most of them grandmothers with several in their 80s and 90s, were later acquitted of disorderly conduct.

The recruiting station was renovated in 1999 to better fit into the flashy ambiance of Times Square, using neon tubing to give the glass and steel office a patriotic American flag motif. For a half century, the station was the armed forces' busiest recruiting center. It has set national records for enlistment, averaging about 10,000 volunteers a year.

Police said it was too early to say if the blast may have been related to two other minor explosions in the city.

In October, two small explosive devices were tossed over a fence at the Mexican consulate, shattering three windows but causing no injuries. No threats had been made against the consulate, and no one took responsibility for the explosion, police said.

At the time, police said they were investigating whether it was connected to a similar incident at the British consulate on May 5, 2005.

In that incident, the explosions took place in the early morning hours, when Britons were going to the polls in an election that returned Prime Minister Tony Blair to power.

In both cases, the instruments were fake grenades sometimes sold as novelty items. They were packed with black powder and detonated with fuses, but incapable of causing serious harm, police said.

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The video shows the bicyclist getting off a bike at 3:40 a.m. Thursday and walking toward the building. A minute or so later, the person returned to the bike and rode away. A brief flash and a cloud of white smoke follows.
So the bomber was from Mastic?
 
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But Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the device, though unsophisticated, could have caused "injury and even death."
Well...

No shit.
 

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So the bomber was from Mastic?
If that's the case, wouldn't sending the bomber to Gitmo be an improvement to his living circumstances?
 

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Update:
Times Sq. Bomb Letters Sent To Congress
CBS/AP) Authorities are investigating letters sent to Capitol Hill offices showing pictures of a Times Square military recruiting station that was bombed early Thursday morning, causing minor damage.

CBS News has learned that several members of Congress have received an identical 20-page letter, sent by U.S. mail, which contains a picture of the recruiting station. FBI and Capitol Police are examining the letters, but the contents apparently don’t contain threats.

According to a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation, the letters included words to the effect of, "We did it." The official did not know which offices received the letters.

The NYPD has also released footage from a private security camera showing a cyclist riding up to the recruiting station just before the bomb was detonated. After the bicyclist rides away at 3:40 a.m., a brief flash and a cloud of white smoke can be seen. The bike believed used in the crime was later found in the trash on West 38th Street.

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said a witness, prior to the explosion, saw a man wearing a grey hoodie and a backpack riding a bicycle on the traffic island in a "suspicious" manner.

When an officer in a police substation next door to the recruitment office came out after the bombing, the witness provided a description of the man but had not seen the person's face.

The low-order explosive planted in an ammunition box went off at about 3:45 a.m., shattering the station's glass entryway. No one was injured.

No one was inside the station, where the Marines, Air Force and Navy also recruit.

Kelly described the explosive as "not a particularly sophisticated device."

Police blocked off the area to investigate. Forensic evidence collected at the scene is being sent to the FBI's laboratory in Quantico, Va.

"The fact that this appears deliberately directed at the recruiting station insults every one of our brave men and women stationed around the world," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a press conference in Times Square Thursday.
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Watch, it'll be some stupid anarchist teenager, with rich parents, probably attending NYU or Columbia and has fantasies about starting some kind of underground movement ala the 60s.
 

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Wow! Some thing positive actually came of this!

Military fans rally vs. blast in Times Sq.
BY JOE GOULD
DAILY NEWS WRITER

Sunday, March 9th 2008, 4:00 AM

Dozens of demonstrators rallied in support of the military Saturday outside the bomb-damaged Times Square recruiting center.

"It backfired," retired U.S. Marine Jim Behan said of Thursday's early-morning bombing. "It just makes us respect the military even more."

"If this bombing hadn't happened, I'd be home reading," added Behan, 66, of the upper West Side.

About 50 people sang "God Bless America" and waved flags at the event, which was sponsored by the Gathering of Eagles, a national group that usually rallies opposite anti-war protests.

Though the bicycling bomber's motive remains unknown, many of the protesters assumed the blast was an anti-war message.

"Bombing something is completely unacceptable," said Chris Hill, the group's national coordinator. "It's not peace activism. It's terrorism. Period."

Footage from a security camera includes images of the hooded bomber riding away from the explosion.

Cops have released a photo of the blue bike they say was used by the bomber. It was ditched in a trash bin near E. 38th St. and Madison Ave., cops said.

No one was injured in the blast, which shattered the recruiting center's main door and a large window. The station reopened a day after the attack.
Bravo NY!!:):action-sm:clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap: