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NY car bomb: Vendor tells story

2010-05-02 17:49

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.