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I'm watching CNN live, and it has just been confirmed that the suspicious car, parked in Times Square, was in fact turned into an "incendiary device."
UPDATE AS OF 5/2/10 at 1:15PM PT, BASED ON NYPD COMMISSIONER RAY KELLY'S PRESS CONFERENCE:
New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly is speaking live on CNN right now.
Quick notes while watching press conference.........
Surveillance tape: White male, 40s, dark shirt, looking back at car, removing dark shirt, revealing red shirt, stuffing white shirt into bag he was carrying.
Pennsylvania resident has footage taken in PA that includes potential driver. FBI headed to PA.
Gun locker (75-pound size) revealed "at least" eight bags of "unknown substance"; granular feel; "look" possibly fertilizer; could have created "significant fireball."
Two sources claiming responsibility: Pakistan Taliban and a "specific individual" who "claimed credit."
"More police officers are on patrol."
Not ready to reveal name of town in Pennsylvania where investigators have gone.
Pathfinder not reported stolen. Pathfinder with license plate from truck found in Connecticut junkyard.
"We will be doing an in-depth forensic investigation."
Not close to making any determinations.
"We're asking the public to help us."
"... would have caused casualties... vehicle would have been cut in half... We were lucky that it didn't detonate."
"Someone brought this vehicle... to terrorize... an individual can do it on their [sic] own."
"New Yorkers are pretty tough, resilient people."
"Two clocks were involved in this; they were wired together."
Surveillance camera caught dark green SUV going west on 45th St. at 6:28pm Saturday.
"In the car... everything was in the rear of the car... Two clocks connected to a 16-ounce can, in between two canisters..." "...Gun box inside cardboard box." "Running into that box were wires coming from, we believe, the explosives..."
"The detonation device... it's believed... the timers would ignite the cans, set them on fire, and then explode the propane tanks..."
Some video will be released "as soon as we can put it together." This is of "a person walking down Shubert Alley... 45th and Broadway... stops, takes dark shirt off... continues to walk south... looking sometimes in a furtive manner."
Fireworks are M-80's. The closest state where they are legal is Pennsylvania.
"Well, we certainly wouldn't rule it out," in regard to South Park Comedy Central.
"We're still examining the [yellow] alarms clocks, batteries... the detonator was the 16-ounce can..."
Alleged fertilizer "from a grocery store." "Had a pot... with additional M-88s, in the pot."
Eight bags were grocery store bags, not marked as fertilizer.
Not ruling out Viacom. Reveals picture of the alarm clock. Alarm "is set at Midnight... other clock was damaged..."
"I'm telling you this is what we found." "Okay, thank you very much."[This is the original submission. To read hopefully accurate updates, please scroll... more
According to a summer safety alert from the National Propane Tank Association, Methamphetamine users have discovered that they can take propane tanks, drain them and fill them with something called anhydrous ammonia.
When the Meth labs are finished with the propane tanks, they return them to the store. What happens next is really scary. The propane tanks are refilled, and then folks like us buy them and start cooking on them.
But according to the NPTA, if your tank has anhydrous ammonia traces in it, it could turn into a huge explosion! Here's the news alert from the NPTA. Take care when grilling this summer.
Subject: Summer Safety Alert
Methamphetamine cooks are buying propane tanks from the exchanges at Wal-Mart, Kroger, etc. and emptying them of the propane gas. Then they fill the propane tanks with anhydrous ammonia, which they now have a recipe to cook Methamphetamine. After they are finished with the propane tanks, they return them to the store. The stores refill the tanks with propane gas, unknowing to them the improper substance that was inserted in the tanks and sell them to their consumers. Anhydrous ammonia is very corrosive and weakens the structure of the tank. It can be very dangerous when mixed with propane gas and hooked up to a grill, recreation vehicle, etc.
You should inspect the propane tank for any blue or greenish residue around the valve areas. If there are evidences of these substances, do not purchase the propane tank and advise the vendor of your findings.
The information was researched, and you should check out the following website for more details. They also have pictures for you to view.
http://www.npga.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=529According to a summer safety alert from the National Propane Tank Association,... more