A Terrorist attack was narrowly avoided tody when a a Nissan Pathfinder was discovered to have a large car bomb in Times Square.
From the New York Times: A bomb in Times Square led to the evacuation of thousands of tourists and theatergoers from the area on a warm and busy Saturday evening, the police said.
There was no explosion.
“It appears to be a car bomb left in a Pathfinder between Seventh and Eighth,” said Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman.
The device, he said, contained “explosive elements” that included “propane tanks, some kind of powder, gasoline and a timing device.”
“This is very much an active investigation,” he said.
The device was discovered by a mounted police officer who saw a box with smoke pouring from it in the back of the Pathfinder, Mr. Browne said. The officer called for backup, and the Fire Department and bomb squad.
The Pathfinder’s back window was broken out, Mr. Browne said, and the police sent in a “robotic device” to “observe it.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/nyregion/02timessquare.html?hp
The bomb was by the theater showing the "Lion King".
No one has claimed responsibility, though I fear there will be finger pointing.
Thank goodness for the observant police because this could have been very bad.