Car bomb in New York

A suspected car bomb has been found in Times Square in New York, sparking a mass evacuation of tourists and theatregoers.

A Nissan Pathfinder was found to contain explosive powder, gasoline, propane and burned wires. A police robot was used to break the windows of the black Nissan Pathfinder to remove explosive materials.

Police spokesman Paul Browne said bomb-making materials including propane tanks, explosive powders and a crude timing device were found. He said: “There were explosive elements, including powder, gasoline, propane and some kind of electrical wires attached to a clock. No motive has been identified.

“This appears to be a car bomb that the bomb squad is in the process of dismantling,”
Mr Browne said a mounted policeman had spotted a box smoking in the back of the vehicle, followed by a small flash. The alarm was raised at 6.30pm (10.20pm GMT).

A police source said the device was a car bomb and included three tanks of propane and two canisters of gasoline. “Luckily, no one is hurt, and now the full attention of city, state and federal law enforcement will be turned to bringing the guilty party to justice in this act of terrorism,” Paterson said in a statement.

President Barack Obama, who was at the same dinner, praised the quick response by the New York Police Department and said the federal government was prepared to provide support.

Times Square is always full of people on Saturday night, going to the theater. Thousands of people, including many tourists, had to leave the area.

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