Another Bomb Scare Rattles New York

Suspicious car belonged to harmless punk rocker
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2010 11:57 PM CDT
Updated May 14, 2010 12:01 AM CDT
Another Bomb Scare Rattles New York
A member of the bomb squad inspects a gasoline container removed from a suspicious vehicle on Irving Place near 14th Street in New York.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The fifth bomb scare to rattle New Yorkers since the failed Times Square bombing has turned out to be a false alarm. Several blocks of Manhattan were cordoned off and the bomb squad was called in after a Con Ed employee spotted a car with two gas canisters inside parked outside the company's headquarters and raised the alarm. The car turned out to belong to a man who was at a nearby concert by the Buzzcocks, a British punk band.

The man told police the canisters were in his vehicle because he works as a landscaper. The bomb squad used flash charges to blast out the Oldsmobile's windows before the man was located with the help of the Buzzcocks, who stopped the concert to make an announcement. "They stopped in the middle of the song and said, 'Does anyone have a 1991 Cutlass?'" a woman who was at the gig told the New York Daily News. "It's scary. This is a sign of the times."
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