NY car bomb: Vendor tells story

2010-05-02 17:49
Duane Jackson sets up his sales stand while talking to reporters in Times Square in New York. Jackson was one of the first people to alert police officers to a suspicious vehicle that contained a crude bomb. (Seth Wenig, AP Photo)

Duane Jackson sets up his sales stand while talking to reporters in Times Square in New York. Jackson was one of the first people to alert police officers to a suspicious vehicle that contained a crude bomb. (Seth Wenig, AP Photo) (Seth Wenig)

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New York - A street vendor who says he saw the smoking sports utility vehicle parked with a bomb near New York City's Times Square feels like he dodged a bullet.

Duane Jackson tells The Associated Press he saw the Nissan Pathfinder parked in a no-standing zone at about 22:30 GMT on Saturday, with the engine running and the key in the ignition.

The 58-year-old Jackson says he and another vendor who sells trinkets next to him outside a hotel went to peer inside the tinted windows, then smelled smoke and heard a "pop pop pop" like firecrackers.

Jackson says he first thought the car might have been on fire. Once he learned that a bomb had been discovered, he says he realised he and other vendors had dodged a bullet.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the bomb is being viewed as a potential terrorist attack.

- AP
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