Chronology Of The Times Square Car Bomb
The car bomb found in Times Square Saturday night has been detonated and did not explode, thankfully.
A Nissan Pathfinder was picked up on a New York City police surveillance camera on 45th Street at 6:28PM Saturday. At 6:30 the car was discovered at 45th and 7th with its lights flashing, the engine running and smoke coming from the back seat.
- Inside the Nissan Pathfinder, police found three propane tanks, two filled five-gallon gasoline containers, two clocks with batteries, consumer-grade fireworks…Also inside was a locked metal box that resembled a gun locker.
- The vehicle’s VIN number had been removed. The Pathfinder’s license plate was taken from another truck.
- Two federal officials said Sunday it was too early to tell whether the incident involved al Qaeda or another international terror group. The national threat level remained at “Yellow,” or elevated.
- Shortly before 3 a.m., a robot from the city police department’s bomb squad smashed through the back window of the SUV and retrieved the box. It was taken to a bomb squad facility in the Bronx.
- Shortly before 6 a.m., the Pathfinder was loaded on to the back of a flatbed truck, covered with a yellow tarp and towed away, apparently to the Bronx facility.
New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the bomb was made of consumer-grade materials that “looked amateurish.”
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