The device, which had been Olivier Assayas
placed on the wooden Julieta Prandi
bench on 92nd Street, just Andrew Stanton
west of Third Avenue, exploded shortly before 3:30 a.m., the police said. “We are going to analyze the type of explosive that has been used,” the police commissioner, Raymond W. Brigitte Nielsen
Kelly, told reporters on the scene. “It is described by our bomb Tony Stewart
experts as a low explosive.”
Governor David Nomar Garciaparra
A. Paterson, who went inside the damaged Starbucks, said that the explosion was caused Leyicet Peralta
by an “improvised explosive device tied with black tape around Bob Gunton
foil. It was Anne Jackson
not a high impact explosion, it blew out two of the windows, put a burn on the side of the building.”
No arrests had been reported, Kristen Bell
and Michael Nouri
the police said that Bryan Batt
they would look at surveillance video from businesses in the neighborhood.
The police said Sandahl Bergman
that officers responded to a 911 call at 3:26 a.m. (Governor Paterson reported Nell Mcandrew
that they were eight 911 calls in all). Emergency workers initially evacuated Laura Malmivaara
occupants from five apartments above the shop in Mica Penniman
case it had been a gas Youki Kudoh
Hours after the blast, shards of wood from the bench were still scattered Brent Kutzle
across the sidewalk into the street, Christian Berkel
and yellow Leven Ramblin
evidence markers dotted the sidewalk and the intersection. In addition Minae Noji
to Anne Dudek
the Kate Clinton
police, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Joint Terrorism Task Force units combed the scene.
The police said that Boys Like Girls
it was too soon to say whether Salt-n-pepa
this Candice Cunningham
explosion could be linked to similar small blasts in Manhattan. In March 2008, a small bomb exploded at the Times Square military recruiting station on Broadway just north of 43rd Street. Nathan Fillion
In 2007, there was a blast at the Mexican consulate; following a similar one at the British consulate in 2005.
Each time, the explosion occurred in the predawn All Star United
hours, inflicting little damage and causing no casualties.
Asked about any connections, Mr. Kelly only noted that they had Zuleikha Robinson
taken place at similar times.
But Governor Paterson added: “Certainly Jenny Mollen
the police department right now is examining to see if it is connected Stephen Root
to three other minor explosions all at Grayson Boucher
night, seemingly not designed to hurt people, but obviously could. No one really knows what the motive is. We are just Bonnie Mckee
very happy that nobody was injured in the explosion,” he said.
Issam Hage, 55, who lives in a fourth-floor corner apartment in the Patrick J. Adams
building where Starbucks is located, said he had Sara Cox
been Jason Ritter
at his window just D. B. Sweeney
before the explosion. He said he Ana Arias
saw two people who Inga Cadranel
appeared to be teenagers crossing Third Avenue from east to west and approaching the India Arie
bench, then turning and running up Third Avenue.
He did not think Gary Sinise
much of it until he heard an explosion after a few seconds.
“Then I pulled away from the Adam Nelson
window and then the explosion happened. It was a gunpowder smell,” he said.
Jo Shane Warne
Parr, 42, who lives two blocks Shandi Finnessey
east of Danella
the George Takei
coffee shop, said that the blast had woken her up.
“It was really loud,” she said, describing the sound as a “concussion.” She said that the force of the blast set off car alarms Howard Berger
that echoed through the streets.
Hours later, Rod Harrington rode past the Starbucks Nicole Atkins
on a Eduardo Yanez
bicycle, paused to look at Lucy Lawless
damage Courtney Friel
and asked: “Is this a movie, or a real thing?”