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Times Square Block Shut Down [Bomb Squad Summoned]
Wall St. Journal ^ | May 01st 2010

Posted on 05/01/2010 7:00:18 PM PDT by Steelfish

Times Square Block Shut Down

By SEAN GARDINER and R.M. SCHNEIDERMAN

NYPD closed off streets from 42nd to 47th along Broadway in New York City. Police shut down a block in the heart of Times Square Saturday night after receiving a call about a suspicious car fire, delaying some Broadway shows by more than an hour.

The call came in just after 6:30 and as of 9 p.m., 45th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues had not been opened. When police initially responded, they saw smoke coming out of the car but no fire.

Dustin Drankoski for the Wall Street Journal NYPD closed off streets from 42nd to 47th along Broadway in New York City. Police said a bomb squad investigation was on the scene and that the car on fire was a sport utility vehicle had license plates that didn't match the make of the car, raising suspicions.

On one of the theater district's busiest nights, some shows, including "The Lion King," were delayed by an hour or more, according to the Broadway World website.

Oprah Winfrey was in attendance of the new hit "Fela," being shown at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on West 49th Street, and the production began on time and wasn't interrupted.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alreadyposted; bombscare; carbomb; comedycentral; faisalshahzad; ied; islam; mtvnetworks; muslims; nyc; nypd; obama; rop; southpark; timesquare
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1 posted on 05/01/2010 7:00:18 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

http://wcbstv.com/local/suspicious.package.fire.2.1669044.html

Gasoline and gun powder found in vehicle


2 posted on 05/01/2010 7:03:02 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Obama-scare is the "real" Cash for Clunker Program!)
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To: Steelfish
delaying some Broadway shows by more than an hour.

Oh, the humanity!

3 posted on 05/01/2010 7:04:58 PM PDT by bgill (how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the POTUS)
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To: VRWCTexan

Twitter

cnnross From @susancandiotti: NYPD robot found “box within a box.”

5 minutes ago via TweetDeck


4 posted on 05/01/2010 7:05:24 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Obama-scare is the "real" Cash for Clunker Program!)
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To: Steelfish

“Oprah Winfrey was in attendance of the new hit “Fela,” being shown at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on West 49th Street, and the production began on time and wasn’t interrupted.”

Priorities, People! At least ‘The Oprah’ wasn’t inconvenienced, LOL!


5 posted on 05/01/2010 7:06:11 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with Chocolate.)
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To: bgill

Via twitter

cnnross From @susancandiotti: NYPD officer passed an SUV with CT plates, noticed a box in the car with smoke coming out. FDNY put fire out.


6 posted on 05/01/2010 7:06:47 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Obama-scare is the "real" Cash for Clunker Program!)
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To: Steelfish

Well Oprah was close by....that’s what got it shut down...


7 posted on 05/01/2010 7:07:24 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Freddd

Twitter

cnnross Watching another fire truck arrive in Times Square on traffic cam.

less than a minute ago via TweetDeck


8 posted on 05/01/2010 7:11:04 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Obama-scare is the "real" Cash for Clunker Program!)
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To: VRWCTexan

Speculation it was a car bomb that misfired. Additional evacuations taking place. Broadway shows shut down.


9 posted on 05/01/2010 7:15:23 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Steelfish

The Apple store?


10 posted on 05/01/2010 7:17:26 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: jimbo123

Thanks, the media types posting on twitter typically avoid open speculation - but they are saying it, without using th0se precise words.


11 posted on 05/01/2010 7:22:47 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Obama-scare is the "real" Cash for Clunker Program!)
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To: VRWCTexan

Bomb squad is removing multiple red gasoline containers from the SUV.


12 posted on 05/01/2010 7:24:47 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: All; Cindy; JustPiper

Bomb squad is removing multiple red gasoline containers from the SUV.


13 posted on 05/01/2010 7:27:25 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Steelfish

USABreakingNews JUST IN — NYPD schedules emergency press conference after a bomb is confirmed to be inside a vehicle in Times Square, New York City.

2 minutes ago via Ping.fm

+++++++++++

Admin Move to Breaking News?


14 posted on 05/01/2010 7:30:19 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Obama-scare is the "real" Cash for Clunker Program!)
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To: jimbo123

Will Napolitano declare that “the system worked”?


15 posted on 05/01/2010 7:31:26 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

The detonator apparrently failed to set off the gasoline tanks. Muslim seen running from the SUV after parking it.


16 posted on 05/01/2010 7:34:14 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Cindy; JustPiper

The detonator apparrently failed to set off the gasoline tanks. Muslim seen running from the SUV after parking it.


17 posted on 05/01/2010 7:36:02 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Nah, it had to be one of those violent Tea Party people. /s


18 posted on 05/01/2010 7:36:48 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Steelfish

19 posted on 05/01/2010 7:39:01 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Steelfish

Meanwhile both CNN and FNC are staying live with the yuc-up “correspondants dinner”

Someone please slap the POTUS to attention


20 posted on 05/01/2010 7:39:38 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Obama-scare is the "real" Cash for Clunker Program!)
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To: nuconvert; txhurl; Jet Jaguar

Ping.


21 posted on 05/01/2010 7:40:29 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Steelfish

I could have sworn this happened 6 months ago....


22 posted on 05/01/2010 7:43:44 PM PDT by cmsgop
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To: Steelfish

Bomb squad still unloading red gasoline cans from the SUV.


23 posted on 05/01/2010 7:44:44 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Steelfish
further details
24 posted on 05/01/2010 7:45:09 PM PDT by FourPeas (God Bless America)
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To: VRWCTexan

The muslim who drove the SUV car bomb and ran off after parking it is probably a blood brother of the imposter from Kenya.


25 posted on 05/01/2010 7:47:30 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: FourPeas; jimbo123

Thank you Jimbo123 for the ping, and thank you FourPeas for the additional details.


26 posted on 05/01/2010 7:48:13 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Thank the Lord this was caught and no one was injured.


27 posted on 05/01/2010 7:49:33 PM PDT by freepertoo
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To: Cindy

NYC had some of the most beautiful weather today in decades and the entire city was outside in the parks, streets, Times Square. Thank God the muslim’s car bomb detonator failed.


28 posted on 05/01/2010 7:50:12 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Steelfish

twitter a buzz...

mpoppel NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT SOURCE TELLS REUTERS THE VEHICLE THAT CAUSED TIME SQUARE EVACUATION WAS FOUND TO HAVE EXPLOSIVES IN IT
1 minute ago via web


29 posted on 05/01/2010 7:51:08 PM PDT by califamily4W
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To: freepertoo

Cindy, I just noticed how your post ended and how mine began! LOL! I was just adding my comment, not responding
to yours! :-D


30 posted on 05/01/2010 7:51:16 PM PDT by freepertoo
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To: VRWCTexan; jimbo123; All

Thanks for the updates. We’re probably seeing stuff that won’t be included in the news stories. Freepers really are the greatest.


31 posted on 05/01/2010 7:51:26 PM PDT by MizSterious ("Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." -JFK)
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To: freepertoo

People saw a muslim park the car and run off in a suspicious manner and didn’t report anything to the police.

If the detonator hadn’t misfired, a lot of people would have been killed.


32 posted on 05/01/2010 7:51:36 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

toddstarnes (Fox News)

FDNY now says Reuters story about bomb is INCORRECT. Stay tuned, tweeps. A crazy night in Times Square.

half a minute ago via TweetDeck


33 posted on 05/01/2010 7:52:00 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Obama-scare is the "real" Cash for Clunker Program!)
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To: jimbo123

That’s almost inconceivable, that no one reported it!!!


34 posted on 05/01/2010 7:52:37 PM PDT by freepertoo
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To: Steelfish

curious as hell to see how this plays out


35 posted on 05/01/2010 7:53:53 PM PDT by Hexenhammer (sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Steelfish

Seems like a subtle to not so subtle escalation may be going on, to me.

Am I off base?


36 posted on 05/01/2010 7:54:56 PM PDT by Quix (BLOKES who got us where we R: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: VRWCTexan

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/nyregion/02timessquare.html

Suspected Bomb Prompts Clearing of Times Square


37 posted on 05/01/2010 7:56:06 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Obama-scare is the "real" Cash for Clunker Program!)
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To: VRWCTexan

So now the coverup and re-writes begin. Nothing happened, just a car fire (with a lot of gas cannisters....)


38 posted on 05/01/2010 7:56:09 PM PDT by MizSterious ("Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." -JFK)
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To: MizSterious

And a muslim running the other way.


39 posted on 05/01/2010 7:56:54 PM PDT by freepertoo
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To: MizSterious

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.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/times_square_car_smoke_scare_TyBE8K6vF3PzScpS9xG0XP#ixzz0mjlJN3rx


40 posted on 05/01/2010 7:56:55 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: MizSterious

Yeah, that is the version on Yahoo News.


41 posted on 05/01/2010 7:57:12 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: MizSterious

Yes - indeed

Probably just a drunk Amish farmer - took a wrong turn in “Blue Balls” PA - and ended up in Times Square ?


42 posted on 05/01/2010 7:58:31 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Obama-scare is the "real" Cash for Clunker Program!)
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To: freepertoo

Yeah. Pay no attention to that fleeing muslim and all those gas cannisters. Had that muslim succeeded, I can’t imagine the damage—busy part of the city, and a busy night, thank Heaven he failed.


43 posted on 05/01/2010 7:59:37 PM PDT by MizSterious ("Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." -JFK)
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To: freepertoo
And a muslim running the other way.

They'll spin that into a homeless man seen walking by.

44 posted on 05/01/2010 8:00:07 PM PDT by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: VRWCTexan

Large improvised explosive device.

3 propane tanks

several gasoline tanks

black powder


45 posted on 05/01/2010 8:01:18 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: freepertoo

Latest

toddstarnes (Fox Radio) All local NYC media now reporting an Improvised Explosive Device was found in Times Square.


46 posted on 05/01/2010 8:03:05 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Obama-scare is the "real" Cash for Clunker Program!)
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To: FourPeas; All

Pasting here from your link before details of story change:

New York's Times Sq. evacuated for suspicious vehicle

20 mins ago [10:40 EST]

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police evacuated New York's Times Square on 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.

Officers at the 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 vehicle 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 Lion King” 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.

Vehicle and pedestrian traffic was very heavy on streets outside the evacuation zone, including Sixth and Eighth Avenues. All intersections in the area were blocked by police and fire department vehicles, lights flashing.

A New York City firefighter who said he arrived early on the scene described the vehicle as a dark-colored SUV, and said it was parked at the corner of 45th Street and Seventh Avenue.

He confirmed the vehicle was smoking and also said he saw “a flash” from the back of the SUV. The firefighter said a “mini-explosion” occurred between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

“The SUV was smoking. There was a flash and we put two and two together” and an evacuation was ordered, he said.

Other emergency personnel on the scene called the incident a “car fire.”

The firefighter said the bomb squad remained at the scene as of 9 p.m., including a firefighter in a bomb suit. A robot was being used to investigate the suspicious SUV.

EXPLOSIONS WERE WATER CANNONS

Reuters reporters on the scene said they heard an explosion from the area of the SUV around 9:15 p.m. An NYPD community affairs officer said that and another small explosion heard by bystanders were the sound of water cannons aimed at the vehicle in an attempt to break through the glass.

Two fire trucks were also at the scene, prepared to douse the vehicle with water if needed, the firefighter said.

Police allowed some people to enter theaters to view Broadway shows in the vicinity but later blocked other theatergoers from entering.

At least some of the shows were allowed to go on.

The square itself was mostly evacuated by 8 p.m., according to Reuters reporters on the scene. Police had evacuated an area stretching from about 42nd Street up to 47th Street and including Seventh Avenue and Broadway.

A Reuters reporter on the scene said police began to broaden the area evacuated around 9:30 p.m., with crowds on 45th Street being pushed back from Times Square to Eighth Avenue to the west and Sixth Avenue to the east.

Tourists in the area expressed annoyance and amusement. Nam Vu, 24, said he had arrived by bus in New York at 8 a.m. from Canada and was prevented from meeting a friend at the Marriott Marquis on Times Square.

“I feel like I'm on a TV show,” he said. “Where is (actor) Denzel Washington?”

People inside theaters and restaurants on Times Square were generally allowed to stay, or to depart the area, but only police and firefighters were being allowed in.

People dining inside the Blue Fin restaurant in a hotel at 47th and Broadway were allowed to continue.

Police officers earlier told Reuters the area was shut down due to “an emergency investigation.”


47 posted on 05/01/2010 8:04:08 PM PDT by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: MizSterious

toddstarnes: FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force on scene in Times Square - per WNBC in New York City.


48 posted on 05/01/2010 8:04:31 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Obama-scare is the "real" Cash for Clunker Program!)
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To: VRWCTexan

Yeah, but was Jack Bauer there??

(Sorry, nervous laughter her...no disrespect.)


49 posted on 05/01/2010 8:05:21 PM PDT by kimmie7 (THE CROSS - Today, Tomorrow and Always!)
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To: VRWCTexan

Law enforcement at the scene believe this is a failed car bombing, according to Reuters sources.

http://twitter.com/RodrigoBNO


50 posted on 05/01/2010 8:05:40 PM PDT by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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