A savvy Vietnam Vet T-Shirt vendor short circuited an attempt to set off three propane tanks wired to clocks, fireworks and gun powder spewing smoke as an SUV was left running in times square last night. With Saturday night crowds at their peak, the abandoned late model SUV was out of place, especially with smoke coming out of rear vents. The T-shirt vendor alerted police, as he witnessed the smoke started coming out of the a dark green Nissan Pathfinder, and police quickly converged to clear out people and secure the scene. The bomb was defused and evidence collected.
The NYTimes and BBC are reporting that the license plates on the Pathfinder were Connecticut plates, not registered to the Pathfinder but instead to a Ford pickup truck. FBI are investigating that lead. The plates are registered to someone who claims that they were on a vehicle taken to a junkyard near Bridgeport.
This sort of raises the question why were the plates still on the vehicle? You’re supposed to return the plates to the DMV right? Otherwise you still get billed for local property taxes. Then there’s that little item about maintaining continuous insurance coverage.