Unconfirmed reports continue coming in of an SUV rigged with a bomb in Times Square. The area was evacuated, and a bomb defusing robot brought in, after a mounted police noticed a smoking box in the back of a Nissan Pathfinder parked on 45th Street, just west of Seventh Avenue.
“This appears to be a car bomb that the bomb squad is in the process of dismantling,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. “We do not know the motive.”
Reuters quoted a New York Fire Department official as saying the vehicle was found to contain explosives, gasoline, propane and burned wires. The officer, who did not give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said a man was seen fleeing the vehicle, which bore Connecticut license plates.
Police evacuated buildings and cleared the Crossroads of the World of thousands of tourists on a sweltering evening.
Paul Bresson, head of the FBI’s public affairs office at bureau headquarters in Washington, told the media that agents are at the scene investigating with the NYPD.
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