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May 2nd, 2010
06:12 AM ET

Times Square Bomb Scare

New York's Times Square is slowly getting back to normal after a car bomb scare last night. A vendor who says he was there when the SUV was discovered, tells CNN Senior Correspondent Allan Chernoff what he saw.

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  1. cyril ayanbadejo

    Thank God no one was hurt...these security scares have to stop.Homeland security in the states needs to be overhauled urgently!!!

    May 2, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  2. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This is a case of good luck from an attempt that only failed because the trigger did not work but the timing of low population would suggest none Muslim .

    May 2, 2010 at 7:16 am |
  3. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    You would think that if this was Muslim related they would try to kill as many people as they could the next attempt may not fail im glad I dont live in New York .

    May 2, 2010 at 7:32 am |
  4. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Is New York that busy in the morning .

    May 2, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  5. Scott Stodden

    Im sure today on this Sunday morning as we begin the month of May we have to be thankful, grateful, and appreciating for the hard, hard, work that the NYPD and Mayor Michael Bloomberg for there quick responses to this attempted terror attack. We all love the people of New York and nobody will ever hurt New Yorkians again!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    May 2, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  6. Butch Jordan

    The Times Square car bomb is a warning to each and every one of us. We need to stop ignoring something that looks suspicious or wrong. Americans today need to be on point in our search for terrorists in our nation. We need to stop blaming the government, or the police, and focus on the sick individual or the organization that did this. Our personal safety and the safety and security of our families is directly determained by how we live our lives. We all need to be suspicious, responsible, and on point, if we're ever going to make a difference in this country. We all need to join this fight, after all...we ARE the homeland.

    May 2, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  7. jacqueline kreger

    I see that mayor bloomburg took the officer out to dinner for great service but what about the man who first noticed the car to inform the officer. I feel it was important that he get recognition for his heroism too. Its not everyday that somebody speaks up in new york city.

    May 2, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  8. john from hudson

    the idea is not how many cams but wat the cams can see do we start seeing thought building where people go to the bath room during a police chase or see people naked during a dug bust

    May 3, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  9. Demonte Alexander

    Shouldn't our government officials be considering that this is a dummy attempt to see how our law enforcement and other key officials would react? Something just doesn't seem to add up. Why would someone go through the trouble of planting a bomb for it not to work unless they were trying to study our movements?

    May 3, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  10. Gene Lucas

    I don't think the van was supposed to be where it ended up. I think that the material started to burn and the driver pulled over and abandoned the van where it was. I also doubt that the man changing his jacket knew anything, If he had, he would not have stopped so close to the potential explosion. I think that the perpetrator would be someone running from the scene, trying to avoid the expected explosion.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  11. Michael in Scottsdale

    I am surprised it took this long. New York is a perfect target and living in AZ the border is wide open for all sorts of nasties to be brought across the border. For years I fought with the idea of moving back to New York, however, there was always the nagging thought that New York has a giant target on it.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  12. Angela Savage Austin

    My comment is not fact, only a "What If" Scenario....I think of (3)...what if it was:

    1. A lone Wolf
    2. Sleeper Cell
    3. Deterant to keep Trials for terriost from being held in New York...(The bomb was never meant to explode, just incite fear).

    May 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm |
  13. John Taylor

    Media should not report details of the identifying, tracking, and methods used to locate and arrest the suspect in terrorist attacks/planning. The terrorists are listening, too! Earlier today I heard reported details of methods used to capture suspect which the other terrorist would love to know (if they don't already) in order to make adjustments to their planning.

    May 4, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  14. michael hammond

    The would be terrorist said he was motivated by US drones that killed women and children in Pakistan. This was mentioned very briefly in the media and yet it goes to the hart of our problem with terrorism. The war is creating terrorism.

    May 9, 2010 at 9:23 am |