Bomb Shakes Building in Times Square

March 06, 2008 02:25 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Authorities are investigating an explosion that occurred this morning at a military recruiting station. It is not the first in New York’s recent history.

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No one was inside the station and no injuries have been reported. Occurring at around 3:45 a.m., the explosion, though small, shattered glass in the entryway and shook hotel guests in rooms high above.

New Yorkers interviewed in a video clip from The NewsRoom said that the blast reminded them that they are always vulnerable to attack.

CBS reports that a man in a gray hooded sweatshirt was seen bicycling away from the scene.

Investigators have not yet determined if the explosion was linked to two extremely similar events in the city.

In October, two small bombs exploded outside the Mexican Consulate, causing minor damage. No one was injured.

As with this morning’s attack, a witness reported seeing a man in a gray hooded sweatshirt on a bicycle leaving the area. Police could not confirm that he threw the grenades.

Two small bombs exploded outside the British Consulate in May 2005, shattering concrete and glass, but causing no injuries. The incident occurred the same day Britons re-elected British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

All three incidents involved crude, homemade bombs and occurred at around the same time in the morning.

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

Headline Link: Explosion in Times Square

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Background Links: Incidents at the Mexican and British consulates


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