Since I've been out of F/T work I rarely venture into Manhattan these days, but I do need any reason to go at all after this crap? Probably not. Free speech or no free speech, unless you got an army ready to go war behind you, you don't fuck with the Taliban...so yeah, let 'em have the "South Park" HQ's if they want it, I'll be resting easy in Brooklyn.Three heroic cops and a quick-thinking street vendor stopped a madman from detonating a car bomb in the heart of Times Square Saturday night, law enforcement officials told the Daily News.
"It looked like someone tried to detonate it and we got to it in time," a police source said. "This is a big deal. It has the makings of a real car bomb."
The federal government views the incident a "potential terrorist attack," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday.
"We're taking this very seriously," Napolitano told CNN's "State of the Union" program. "We're treating it as if it could be a potential terrorist attack."
Cops evacuated and shut down the Times Square are Saturday night, but all streets were reopened by 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
The T-shirt vendor - a Vietnam vet - told Officer Wayne Rhatigan there was smoke coming from a Nissan SUV on the southwest corner of 45th St. and Broadway about 6:30 p.m., sources said.
Rhatigan approached the car, saw the smoke and sprang into action.
"I did a lap around the vehicle. The inside was smoking," Rhatigan told the Daily News. "I smelled gunpowder and knew it might blow. I thought it might blow any second."