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Explosion Rocks a Starbucks on the Upper East Side

An explosive device shattered the windows of a Starbucks on the Upper East Side early Monday but there were no reported injuries, the police said.
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 explosion. 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?”

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