Times Square car bomb: Alert street vendor summoned police over smoking SUV

Update: Police say they have found an explosive device near the course of the Pittsburgh Marathon, forcing them to detour the final part of the race. FOX

Update: Pamela has lots of pic’s

Playing stoopid: “We have no idea who did this or why,” Mr. Bloomberg said. (NYT)

Remember: the Obama administration sees veterans as potential ‘right wing’ terrorists.

Here’s the story from JW:

On the other hand, as for Comedy Central, it is clear their act of cowardice did not protect anybody from those who are determined to attack. Will they respond with more censorship, or decide now is the time for the gloves to come off?

“3 cops, street vendor stop Times Square car bomb from detonating; Gas, clock found inside car,” by Allison Gendar, Rocco Parascandola, Kevin Deutsch, and Samuel Goldsmith for the New York Daily News,

Prank of the day:

If Rush Limbaugh and anyone else who dares disagree with us Socialist Progressives  would just tone down all the hateful rhetoric, this kind of thing would never happen.


Hussein Obama, 1st Muslim president of the US of A…….

Car bomb in Times Square near Comedy Central

Even Janet Napolitano is saying that the car bomb defused in Times Square last night was a “potential terrorist attack.” One wonders what “three propane tanks, consumer-grade fireworks, two filled 5-gallon gasoline containers, and two clocks with batteries, electrical wire and other components” could be other than a terrorist attack, but I leave that to the learned analysts.

In any case, we know that when Napolitano thinks “terrorist” she doesn’t think “Islamic jihadist” but rather “right-wing extremist,” so even if this was an attempted Islamic jihad attack, it might take DHS awhile to find that out, and the mainstream media awhile to report it. But one clue comes from Jihad Watch reader Michael M.: “the vehicle was parked on 45th Street between 7th and 8th avenues in New York City. This is the location of VIACOM, Inc. offices. VIACOM owns Comedy Central. Comedy Central as we all know is the home of ‘South Park’. This information is omitted from every article I’ve come across so far.”

Coincidence. Not.

But the detractors are working overtime, already:

Stop rushing to judgment. We don’t yet know who did this. It might have been a Muslim, it might not have been. WE DO NOT KNOW YET. Don’t start the lynching.

Photo above courtesy The “Silent” Majority No More, where there are many more photos. And Pamela Geller has more details on the evacuation.

Zipper Fish has humor>>

UPDATE: The Telegraph has noticed: “The location is also adjacent to the Viacom building, fuelling speculation that it might be linked to the company’s controversial South Park cartoon which recently depicted Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit.”

Note the now-universal mainstream media reference to “Prophet Muhammad,” as if we’re all Muslims now.

“3 cops, street vendor stop Times Square car bomb from detonating; Gas, clock found inside car,” by Allison Gendar, Rocco Parascandola, Kevin Deutsch, and Samuel Goldsmith for the New York Daily News, May 2:

Three heroic cops and a quick-thinking street vendor stopped a madman from detonating a car bomb in the heart of Times Square Saturday night, law enforcement officials told the Daily News.

The T-shirt vendor – a Vietnam vet – told Officer Wayne Rhatigan there was smoke coming from a Nissan SUV on the southwest corner of 45th St. and Broadway about 7 p.m., sources said.

Rhatigan approached the car, saw the smoke, and sprang into action.

“I did a lap around the vehicle. The inside was smoking,” Rhatigan told the Daily News Saturday night. “I smelled gunpowder and knew it might blow. I thought it might blow any second.”

He grabbed two rookie female cops patrolling the area. Together, they pushed hundreds of people away from the scene as they called for backup, he said.

The Fire Department and bomb squad rushed to the scene.

What they found was stunning: a running SUV packed with three propane tanks, two red 5-gallon plastic jugs of gasoline, a clock, electrical components and a canister of gunpowder, police sources said.

“We are very lucky,” Mayor Bloomberg said at an early morning press conference at the scene, still wearing a tuxedo and red bow tie. “Thanks to alert New Yorkers and professional police officers we avoided what could have been a very deadly event.”

The two rookie cops reported seeing a man running away from the scene as they approached the car.

Police spokesman Paul Browne said cops were investigating a report that someone was seen running from the vehicle at some point and are reviewing security videotapes.

“It looks as if the perp was trying to light it up, and was interrupted by the cops, panicked and took off,” a law enforcement source said. […]

Cops closed a huge chunk of Times Square from 43rd St. to 49th Sts. on Seventh Ave. and all of 45th St. from Seventh Ave. to Eighth Ave.

They were pulling video footage from a number of security cameras in the area.

Times Square had been jammed with pedestrians all day.

Celebrities Halle Berry, Jessica Biel and Jessica Alba and thousands of women ran through Times Square in the afternoon for the EIF Revlon Run/Walk, which raises money for research to fight ovarian cancer.

Now there’s a contrast of priorities.

“The death toll could have been enormous,” a police source said. “It was a nice day and the Times Square area was completely packed.”

One thought on “Times Square car bomb: Alert street vendor summoned police over smoking SUV”

  1. “we have no idea who did this and why”
    a terrorist group claimed responsibility on the internet,
    still it remains a mystery.
    if a right wing group would have claimed this, than all would have been
    crystal clear and would have been quickly condemned in the media.
    if one would admit to have done a crime, one would be guilty by own
    admission (everything you say can and will be used against you),
    but probably you can’t use that against terrorists because
    they are out of their mind anyway, right?

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