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Times Square bomb scare
U.S. authorities are investigating a thwarted car bombing in New York’s famed Times Square where thousands of people gather each day and night to eat, drink and shop.
Vendor Lance Orton, a Vietnam veteran, is being credited by local authorities and media with tipping mounted policeman Wayne Rhatigan about a suspicious Nissan sport utility vehicle on West 45th Street near Broadway on Saturday evening.
Times Square has always been believed to be a target for attack and, in addition to being a major tourist destination, its buildings are occupied by big corporate names, major news and television outlets and the Nasdaq Stock Market.
New York’s Times Square is empty of tourists after police and fire personnel closed off parts of the area May 1, 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Cary Horowitz