New Yorkers were sent in a tizzy when news of a car bomb at Times Square started coming out late on May 1st. The bomb was found between Seventh and Eighth Avenues on 45th Street of Times Square.
Earlier, a police officer saw smoke coming out of a box, kept inside a Nissa Pathfinder car. He raised an alarm, and subsequent probe revealed the presence of a bomb made of electrical components with three propane gas tanks and two additional gas canisters.
Times Square is one of the busiest hubs of New York and is filled with thousands and thousands of people and tourists. One can imagine the devastation that may have occurred if the bomb had exploded. As soon as the news of car bomb came in, police cordoned off the entire area and vacated the thousands of tourists. The shops were closed as well. No doubt, it was New York Police Department (NYPD) expertise that saved the day today and protected thousands of lives.
No terrorist group has come out with the claim of planting the bomb yet. Initial analysis suggest the bomb to be home made and not very sophisticated.