U.S. Homeland Security officials have called the foiled bombing in Times Square a "potential terrorist attack."
The incident began Saturday evening when a local T-shirt
vendor noticed a smoking Nissan SUV and notified authorities. In the
idling vehicle, police found three propane tanks, two jugs of gasoline, a
clock, gunpowder and electrical components. Authorities evacuated the
congested area and successfully defused the bomb. Here's a digest of
media coverage about the incident and some of the opinion swirling
around in the blogosphere.
The Mayor's Speech New York
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was attending the annual White House
Correspondents' Dinner in Washington when his administration heard the
news. He rushed back to New York and delivered this speech:
The Man Who
Saved Times Square The vendor who tipped off police has been
identified as Lance Orton and is being haled
as a hero. Keith A. Fournier, writes "He is
a T Shirt Vendor, a Vietnam Veteran. Anyone who has walked through
Times Square has seen him - or others like him - selling their wares. He
noticed what he called an 'unoccupied suspicious vehicle' and alerted
one of those mounted Police Officers who you also see in the same area.
His alertness and sense of duty appears to have prevented what was
intended to be another act of terrorism on US soil." The takeaway lesson
for Glynnis MacNicol at Mediaite is
"Be nice to your vendors, they may end up saving your life." Orton, when
confronted by reporters, had a simple message to New Yorkers: "See
something, say something.” Video below:
on South Park? Britain's Telegraph reports that police are investigating
any connection between the failed attack and a recent controversial
South Park episode: "The dark green Nissan Pathfinder with tinted
windows was parked near the junction of 45th Street and Broadway. 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."
Hats Off to New York's Finest, writes J.P. Freire at The Washington
Examiner: "The idea of evacuating Times Square seems like a nightmare,
but authorities ought to be commended for doing so efficiently. This is a
story that could have ended very badly." Ellen Ratner seconds that:
This attempted bombing means that nine years after 9/11, fifteen years
after the bombing in Oklahoma City we must remain vigilant. But we must
also be thankful that the cops on the street have kept a watchful eye.
Yes, they are New York's finest. New York should be proud of them and so
Nightmare? Drumming up alarm, Allahpundit at Hot Air warned that
the Times Square explosive could be a "hugely destructive" fuel bomb
that "likely would have killed hundreds of people." However, reports
from The New York Times and others
cite officials saying the blast would've been an "incendiary" event
rather than an explosive one.
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