Officials: Times Square Car Bomb Probably a Terrorist Attack

Times-SquareU.S. authorities said a car bomb made of propane, gasoline, and fireworks found in Midtown Manhattan on Saturday evening might have been the work of terrorists. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that officials are taking the potential terrorist attack “very seriously.”

No suspects have so far been named in the incident, which prompted the closure of a section of Times Square and the evacuation of thousands of people. Authorities said the amount of explosives inside the SUV found on the corner of 45th Street and Broadway could have hurt many people had it not been dismantled. Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano said the car bomb could have destroyed the front of a building.

Police said the dark-green Nissan Pathfinder had Connecticut license plates that did not match it. Fireworks, three propane tanks, two five-gallon gasoline containers, and two clocks were among the items found inside the car, which was first noticed by a T-shirt vendor.

New York Gov. David Paterson has vowed to bring the “guilty party to justice in this act of terrorism.”