I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE NEWS UNFOLD ON TV.
- NISSAN PATHFINDER WITH PLATES WHICH BELONG TO A FORD.
- PROPANE TANKS.
- GASOLINE TANKS.
- BLACK POWDER.
- SUSPICIOUS SMOKE.
- COPS HAVE CLOSED OFF AND EVACUATED A SEVEN BLOCK RADIUS.
- FEAR OTHER DEVICES.
The device was discovered by a mounted police officer who saw a box with smoke pouring from it in the back of the Pathfinder, Mr. Browne said. The officer called for backup, and the Fire Department and bomb squad.
The Pathfinder’s back window was broken out, Mr. Browne said, and the police sent in a “robotic device” to “observe it.”
Police began evacuating Times Square, starting with businesses along Seventh Avenue, including a Foot Locker store and a McDonald’s restaurant.
The license plates on the Nissan were registered to a Ford, the police said.
A New York City firefighter who told Reuters he arrived early on the scene said that the vehicle was smoking and that he saw “a flash” from the back of the it. “We put two and two together” and the evacuation was ordered, he said.
Broadway was closed between at least 43rd and 46th Streets, and the police also appeared to be closing off part of Eighth Avenue.