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USA Bomb Found in Times Square and a Reluctant Hero (Video and story)

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    Full story in video

    Bomb Found in Times Square (MSNBC) - Video Library - The New York Times

    T-Shirt Vendor: Reluctant Hero of Times Square[/B]

    T-Shirt Vendor Takes On New Persona: Reluctant Hero of Times Square - City Room Blog - NYTimes.com

    The T-shirt vendor who alerted the police to the bomb in Times Square spoke to officers Sunday morning.

    About 12 hours had passed since a T-shirt vendor in Times Square had alerted police to a suspicious S.U.V. that was packed with a bomb. But by 7 a.m. Sunday, with the S.U.V. towed away and the streets safe and reopened, the vendor was tired, cranky and reluctant to say much about his feat.

    “I’m fed up,” said the vendor, who declined to give his name as he headed toward a taxicab in Times Square around 7 a.m. “We’ve been up since 6 a.m. of yesterday morning.”

    The vendor, who was swarmed by television cameras, wore a name tag around his neck that identified him as Lance Orton. A law enforcement official confirmed that his first name was Lance.

    The vendor had seen smoke billowing from the rear of the S.U.V., which was parked awkwardly near the curb and was running, shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Within moments, the vendor alerted a mounted police officer; the officer smelled gunpowder near the car and an evacuation of Times Square was ordered.

    Around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, the vendor and several others he worked with collected the T-shirts and tables they had abandoned on 45th Street and Broadway when Times Square was first evacuated. After collecting his belongings, the vendor walked down 45th Street in search of a taxicab to take him home.

    “I’m not going to say nothing, I’m not going to say nothing,” he said when first approached by a gaggle of reporters.

    As he walked down the street, employees from Junior’s restaurant stood outside applauding him. He briefly entered the restaurant before heading toward 44th Street.

    He walked with a limp, had a cane, wore a white fedora and had a hoop earring in his right ear.

    When asked if he was proud of his actions, he said: “Of course, man. I’m a veteran. What do you think?”

    The vendor said that he had served during the Vietnam War and had been selling wares on the street for about 20 years.

    “I don’t have too much of a choice, nobody’s giving me a job,” he said.

    He said that he was reluctant to speak with members of the media because they had twisted his words when they interviewed him in recent years.

    He got into the back seat of the taxi, took off his hat and used it to fan his face.

    Before he left, he was asked what he had to say to New Yorkers.

    “See something, say something,” he said.
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    (Update) No evidence of Taliban link; however the event is being treated as potential act of terrorism.

    Top cop: No evidence of Taliban link to bomb

    Crude device in SUV spurs evacuation of thousands at NYC's Times Square

    NEW YORK - There is no evidence to support a claim by the Pakistani Taliban that it was responsible for a failed car bomb attack Saturday night in New York's Times Square, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Sunday afternoon.

    Kelly said officers are on their way to a town in Pennsylvania to talk to a man who believes he may have recorded a bombing suspect on his video camera. He said a white man in his 40s was seen taking off his shirt in an alley and putting it in a bag.

    Police found the SUV parked on one of the prime blocks for Broadway shows such as "The Lion King" on Saturday night.

    Police found the "amateurish" but potentially powerful bomb in a smoking sport utility vehicle in the busy theater district Saturday night, then cleared the streets of thousands of tourists so they could dismantle it.

    The vehicle was removed and most of Times Square was reopened by Sunday morning, NBC reported.

    The SUV contained three propane tanks, fireworks, two filled 5-gallon gasoline containers and two clocks with batteries, electrical wire and other components, police said. Timers were connected to a 16-ounce can filled with fireworks that were apparently intended to set the gas cans afire, then ignite the three barbecue-grill-sized propane tanks.

    Kelly said it was "the intent of whoever did this to cause mayhem, create casualties."
    Police also found eight bags of an unknown substance in a gun locker that was in the smoking SUV, Kelly said. The substance "looks and feels" like fertilizer, he said, but tests were pending.

    Officials were treating the incident as a potential terrorist attack, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on NBC's "Meet the Press," though it was too soon to tell who is responsible. She added that investigators had no suspects but that they had recovered forensic evidence, including fingerprints, from the vehicle.

    The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility. In a one-minute video, the group said the attack ws in revenge for the death of its leader Baitullah Mehsud and the recent killings of the top leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq.

    Full story here
    Top cop: No evidence of Taliban link to bomb - Security- msnbc.com
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