NYC security normalised

2007-08-12 11:01

New York - The New York Police Department was reducing its extra security procedures on Saturday, a day after an unsubstantiated radiological threat against the United States' largest city.

The NYPD had increased radiological monitoring and established checkpoints to examine vehicles in lower Manhattan and at other locations around the city on Friday night.

By Saturday afternoon, the department was scaling back its efforts on a relatively quiet August weekend, NYPD deputy commissioner Paul J Browne said.

The city did not increase its terror alert status in response to online chatter about a truck packed with radioactive material, although police deployed extra radiological sensors on street, water and air patrols.

Browne said Friday the measures were "strictly precautionary," prompted by an Israeli website report that online posts were made following a video featuring an American member of al-Qaeda threatening foreign diplomats and embassies across the Islamic world.

US Homeland Security Department officials quickly said on Friday they had no reason to believe the comments presented a credible threat, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the police response was standard procedure for when city officials receive "potential but unconfirmed threats."