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Local family witnessed Times Square bomb scare

Posted May 3, 2010

— A Wayne County family on vacation in New York was kept at bay from their Times Square hotel room for hours Saturday as investigators handled a car-bombing attempt there.

Danny Cook, who was on vacation with his mother and 12-year-old nephew, Jeremy Mercer, said they were headed to their hotel when they were stopped by a police barricade Saturday night.

Local family witnessed Times Square bomb scare Local family witnessed Times Square bomb scare

He had no idea what was happening and was only told he wasn't allowed to go to his room.

"I wasn't scared," he said. "I didn't know there was a bomb or anything."

Earlier in the evening, according to authorities, a T-shirt vendor saw a sport utility vehicle filling with smoke parked on the corner of West 45th Street and Broadway.

Police said the crude gasoline-and-propane bomb – made with cheap-looking alarm clocks and connected to a 16-ounce can filled with fireworks – could have produced "a significant fireball" and sprayed shrapnel and metal parts with enough force to kill pedestrians and knock out windows.

Cook said he and his family took photos and video of emergency vehicles surrounding the SUV and heard loud noises that sounded like shotgun blasts.

"It was pretty scary, because you could see where the car was from where we were at," Mercer said.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said there is no "legitimate" evidence that foreign terrorists were connected to the bomb.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, however, has said, no suspects have been ruled out, including foreign terrorist organizations.


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  • sweet4you May 4, 2010


    give us all a break and get over George W.

  • tatermommy52 May 4, 2010

    We were safer with Bush in office.

  • Heather May 4, 2010

    Laughing @ hellacopters00! Too funny but totally true.

  • ghimmy51 May 4, 2010

    yup WRAL takes the "local interest" angle to ridiculous extreme. The rest of the world could be in chaos with waves of invading aliens from space heading our way and until it became "local interest" you'd probably be speaking Klingon before they'd tell you. No joke the organization belongs in a studio with old egg crates on the walls for soundproofing and a huge microphone mounted on springs.

  • RealityAddict May 4, 2010

    Cowboys fan ... It's a Pepsi-Cola hat.

  • CowboysFan May 4, 2010

    I like the Pepsi coat and the Coke hat!

  • hellacopters00 May 3, 2010

    So a connection between the attempted bombing and the Triangle has finally been established, no matter how tenuous? Great! NOW this is news!