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May. 2 2010 - 10:47 pm | 496 views | 2 recommendations | 2 comments

NYPD: Fertilizer In ‘Bomb’ Not Explosive

Times Square Bomb Clock

So it looks like the situation in NYC is shaping up to be the work of a rank amateur and not any sort of international terrorism ring.

From AP:

Police had feared that another component — a metal rifle cabinet packed a fertilizer-like substance and rigged with wires and more fireworks — could have made the device even more devastating. Test results late Sunday showed that it was indeed fertilizer — but the New York Police Department’s bomb experts believe it was not a type volatile enough to explode like the ammonium nitrate grade fertilizer used in previous terror attacks, said police spokesman Paul Browne.

The exact amount of fertilizer was unknown. Police estimated the cabinet — with a manufacturer-listed weight of 78 pounds — weighed 200 to 250 pounds when they pulled it from the vehicle. [...]

The homemade bomb was made largely with ordinary items, including three barbecue grill-size propane tanks, two 5-gallon gasoline containers, store-bought fireworks and cheap alarm clocks attached to wires.

And let’s remember…the person on video looks to be a 40 year old white male…which points to this being an act of domestic terrorism…

The surveillance video shows an unidentified white man in his 40s slipping down an alley and taking off a shirt, revealing another underneath. In the same clip, he’s seen looking back in the direction of the smoking vehicle and furtively putting the first shirt in a bag, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

More as it develops…

(Photo: AP)


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