Times Square Bomb: Low-Tech, but Potentially Deadly

Monday, May 03, 2010

Police cruisers stand by at sunrise at the scene where a crude car bomb had been parked at 45th Street and 7th Avenue in Times Square May 2, 2010 in New York, New York. (Chris Hondros/Getty)

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said yesterday that the bomb found in an S.U.V. Saturday evening in Times Square was amateurish and flawed, but could have been deadly.


The device consisted of three grill-size propane canisters, two cans of gasoline, two battery-operated alarm clocks and a New York gun box containing eight bags of what the police have identified as nonexplosive fertilizer.

Commissioner Kelly and Mayor Bloomberg said that there was no evidence that the failed bombing is linked to al-Qaida or any other large terrorist organization, despite the Pakistani Taliban having claimed responsibility.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly gives us the latest on the police investigation. We also talk to Lydia Khalil, former counterterrorism analyst with the NYPD.

Below: NYPD surveillance video from Times Square


Bob Hennelly and Lydia Khalil

Produced by:

Marine Olivesi

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