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Security cameras provide clues for the NYC bomb incident


NEW YORK (ABC)-- Police are closely examining footage from dozens of security cameras that may provide clues into the Time Square bomb scare.  One video shows a middle-aged white man who police say was acting "furtively," taking off his top shirt and stuffing it into a bag. 

Perhaps the man on the video thought no one was watching as he starts shedding clothes in an alley right by Times Square.  But surveillance video catches the unidentified man as he takes off one shirt and reveals another one underneath.  He then looks back in the direction of the SUV before walking away. 

Moments later, witnesses saw smoke coming from the vehicle.  Police were altered and the surrounding area was evacuated.  

New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg says, "We are very lucky, thanks to alert new Yorkers and professional police officers, we avoided what could have been a very deadly event."

The bomb squad spent hours securing the SUV.  It was loaded with propane and gas cans, fireworks, timing devices and more than ten pounds of fertilizer, that according to police was not the kind that would explode.  Officials say that if the person was not aware of the characteristics of the fertilizer, it could point to the fact that the bomber didn't know what he was doing.  But if it had worked properly, there could have been causalities.

New York City Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly says, "Clearly it was the intent of whoever did this to cause mayhem."

In the hours after the incident, a Taliban group in Pakistan claimed responsibility, but U.S.  officials are skeptical of the claim.

Brad Garrett, a former FBI agents, says, "You have to decide if it is a single event or has tentacles to it and there are other people involved with potential bombs in other locations.  And that's where you're potentially running against the clock."

Police are now pouring over evidence found in the car, and federal officials have joined in the manhunt for the would be bomber. 

Online Reporter: Jill Courtney



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