Time square was evacuted around 6:30 pm on Saturday, May 1, 2010 due to what police discovered was a failed bombing attempt. There was a man reportedly Middle-Eastern in appearance running from the scene, but there is no name of a suspect available at this time. No injuries are reported at this time.
A firefighter saw a “flash”, and smoke coming from what was described as an SUV, and a man running away.
Here is his quote from a Reuter’s article @ Yahoo! News:
“Another New York City firefighter who said he arrived early on the scene described the vehicle as a dark-colored SUV, and said it was parked at the corner of 45th Street and Seventh Avenue. He confirmed the vehicle was smoking and also said he saw “a flash” from the back of the SUV. The firefighter said a “mini-explosion” occurred around 6:30 p.m.” ~ NY Times Sq. Evacuated After Failed Car Bomb ~ Reuter’s
Due to scheduled and historic protests today, some speculation in the blogosphere is addressing the issues of International Workers’ Day (a labor holiday observed by Socialists, Communists, Marxists, Stalinists, and Anarchists worldwide), as well as being the day that Pro-Illegal Immigration Rallies were planned to occur in 70 cities (reportedly turnout for the latter was down compared to the protests in 2006). Reports of someone who is Middle-Eastern looking brings up the subject of Islamic Terrorism. Most people speculate that those may be the top 3 suspected sources for this attempted terrorist attack in the heart of The Big Apple.
Since the bomb was being detonated at 6:30 pm, it would have been targeted at the Matinee Crowd attending many top Broadway Shows in the area, and tourists.
MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE HERE:
NY Times Sq. evacuated after failed car bomb ~ Reuter’s @ Yahoo! ~ May 1, 2010
Bomb Fears Shut Down Times Square ~ The Wall Street Journal ~ May 1 , 2010
THREADS WITH MORE COLLECTED INFORMATION AT FreeRepublic.com:
Times Square Block Shut Down [Bomb Squad Summoned] @ FR ~ May 1, 2010
NY Time Sq. Evacuated after failed car bomb @ FR ~ May 1, 2010