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NYPD: Pressure-Cooker Device Trigger Malfunctions, Emblazoned With Islamic Crescent Moon & Star

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New York Police Department officials called Saturday night’s dumpster explosion that rocked a trendy Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan a “crude attempt to cause serious mayhem,” according to NYPD sources investigating the detonated improvised device.

And if a second pressure-cooker-type explosive device similar to the one employed in the deadly Boston Marathon attack in 2013 hadn’t malfunctioned Saturday night, things would have gone very bad in lower Manhattan, NYPD sources said.

“We (New York City) got lucky tonight,” the NYPD source said. “This could have been a disaster.”

In what is likely the first overt sign that the attacks are linked to Islamic terrorism, sources noted the pressure cooker lid was emblazoned with a drawing of the crescent moon and star, the internationally-recognized symbol of Islam.

Making perhaps the understatement of the decade, Mayor Bill de Blasio called a hastily-arranged late-night press conference in the middle of the street to share this nugget of intelligence: “Early indications are this was an intentional act.” The mayor went out of his way, however, to avoid even calling the events terror related, let alone linked to Islamic terrorism, The leaked NYPD photo of the second improvised device, still fully intact after it failed to detonate, literally paints a much more grim and vivid portrait of intent. The mayor said the events were intentional but wouldn’t point fingers. The drawing on the lid of the bomb, however, did the finger pointing for his administration and his new police commissioner who, with his boss, waltzed and tap danced around any and all terrorism links Saturday night. Perhaps before his disastrous tenure ruling New York City ends. the mayor plans to downgrade blowing people up to simple mischief.

As a quick refresher for de Blasio and the PC political crowd in Manhattan and beyond, the last white guy to bomb anything in New York City of note was Edward Leary, the Subway Bomber in 1994. All the other explosions since then have been conducted by and tied to Islamic Extremists. (TWA Flight 800 excluded.)

The crescent moon and star is the internationally-recognized symbol of Islam.

The strong blast Saturday was triggered at 8:30 pm in a busy 23rd Street neighborhood between 6th and 7th avenues. Police sources said the IED was placed inside of a construction dumpster. When it detonated, the blast sent the dumpster flying into traffic and rained shrapnel from the construction refuse onto and into pedestrians. As of 6 am, 29 people were transported to area hospitals for treatment of a range of injuries. No fatalities were reported.

Chief Harry Wedin, head of the NYPD’s Special Operations Divisions said a second IED was later reported nearby on 27th street. Sources said that unit was sitting inside of a locked car. Sources described the device as a pressure cooker with a cell phone detonator. That device was safely removed by NYPD Bomb Squad along with ATF agents and driven to a remote section of the Bronx near the Hutchinson River at approximately 2 am.

Perhaps even more alarming than its discovery of a second IED, NYPD sources said the pressure cooker trigger device appeared to be wired incorrectly or its cell pone trigger mechanism malfunctioned, otherwise it likely would have detonated on 27th Street.

The blast shattered store and hotel windows, shook the block, and stymied subway travel and blocked bus transportation for hours.

Left: Exact dumpster in a before shot in front of the W 23rd Street explosion location and then
pictured right, mangled after blowing into in the middle of the street following the blast.

NYPD counter-terrorism unit, NYPD Bomb Squad, NYPD bomb-sniffing K9s, FBI, ATF, Homeland, and JTTF converged on scene but NYPD maintained tactical command as events unfolded Saturday night into early Sunday morning. The explosion occurred in front of a host of businesses at 131 W 23rd St, including the Townhouse Inn of Chelsea boutique hotel and its neighboring King David Gallery 23.

Law enforcement sources said they were combing the guest list of the hotel’s 13 booked rooms for any possible links to the blast or prior links to terror-related activities. Sources said one individual traveled to Jerusalem and Bat Yam in Israel recently for the summer and they planned to question that person early Sunday morning. Law enforcement sources said that person would be treated as more of a potential target than actor, based on preliminary intelligence gathered Saturday night. Law enforcement sources did not know whether that individual was a US Citizen or an Israeli.

“We will look at everything and every one, especially links to foreign nationals,” the NYPD source said.

NYPD, FBI comb through the debris on 23rd Street in Manhattan. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

Sources said NYPD will remain on a heightened the United Nations General Assembly convening Monday and several dignitaries in the city. NYPD said they are likewise monitoring an IED explosion Saturday in New Jersey where a bomb ripped through a large plastic trash can during a US Marine Corps 5K race in Seaside.

In perhaps the understatement of the decade, Mayor Bill de Blasio called a hastily-arranged late-night press conference in the middle of the street to share this nugget of intelligence: “Early indications are this was an intentional act.”


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  • Infidel18f

    Thanx for the HT..

  • Harvey Goodhart

    The Mayor went out of his way many times last night to deflect the bombing away from terrorism and radical Muslims. He was a real disgrace. Typical liberal crap or is he a moron. This city and country is in alot of danger because of liberal bias from the left. The Police cannot tell the truth unless the mayor let’s them. The truth is we have been very lucky in NYC. While I know the Police are working very hard, there is only so much they can do under our constitution, so many people will die . Just how many is hard to say. I am advocating a common sense approach. My question is “How many lives will it take before we really get going.”

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  • Mr. Tooyu

    The bombing was in the most heavily LGBT area of the city, Chelsea,.
    This is where Stonewall Riots happened, with the birth of gay rights
    and the creation of Gay Pride. Was this a deliberate attack on the gays
    of America, like another Orlando? Clearly the most likely victims would
    have been a good number of gays and lesbians out for the evening.

  • Teleman

    These politically correct, brain diseased “progressives” will be the death of this country. A dangerous combination of inflated egos and self importance wrapped in demented liberal ideology.

  • The democrats don’t want to lose their solid core homosexual voting block, so they will play this down as much as possible. If it becomes inconveniently clear that the Islamic people they are importing for a future voting block and a foil against Christians is a threat to their homosexual base, they will say that the bomber is a repressed homosexual who was just angry because of society forcing him to repress his desires… or something like that.

  • pc25

    liberal or moron synonymous

  • jim mayer

    So who is always acting a bit mischieviously?
    The Nice Attack was a Muslim
    The Paris Attacks were Muslims
    The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim
    The Orlando attack was a Muslim
    The Beltway Snipers were Muslims
    The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim
    The Underwear Bomber was a Muslim
    The U.S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims
    The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims
    The Charlie Hebdo Attacks were Muslims
    The San Bernadino Attacks were Muslims
    The Bali Nightclub Bombers were Muslims
    The Davao Philippines Attack were Muslims
    The Minnesota Mall stabbings was a Muslim
    The London Subway Bombers were Muslims
    The Moscow Theatre Attackers were Muslims
    The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims
    The Ankara Airport Turkey Attack were Muslims
    The Pan-Am Flight #93 Bombers were Muslims
    The Iranian Embassy Takeover was by Muslims
    The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims
    The Batta Meena Pakistan Attacks were Muslims
    The Beirut U.S. Embassy bombers were Muslims
    The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Muslims
    The Beheading of the French priest were Muslims
    The Buenos Aires Suicide bombers were Muslims
    The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims
    The Kenyan U.S Embassy Bombers were Muslims
    The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims
    The Beirut Marine Barracks bombers were Muslims
    The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims
    The First World Trade Center bombers were Muslims
    The Beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl was Muslims
    The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims
    The Bombay & Mumbai Indian Attackers were Muslims
    The Narcissist C.Kaepernick & his squeaze are Muslims
    The September 11th 2001 Airline Hijackers were Muslims
    The Beheadings, stabbings, live burnings, & drownings by Muslims
    The Piracy off the Barbary Coast in T. Jefferson’s time were Muslims
    The Daily inhumane acts by the religion of peace, Islam- the Muslims
    (Forgive this poor attempt to list all Muslim attrocities in recent history)

    Where do folks always seem to act kindly toward one another?
    Hindus living with Jews = No Problem
    Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem
    Baha’is living with Jews = No Problem
    Jews living with Atheists = No Problem
    Hindus living with Baha’is = No Problem
    Christians living with Jews = No Problem
    Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem
    Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem
    Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem
    Hindus living with Christians = No Problem
    Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem
    Baha’is living with Christians = No Problem
    Christians living with Shintos = No Problem
    Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem
    Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem
    Confusians living with Hindus = No Problem
    Confucians living with Baha’is = No Problem
    Shintos living with Confucians = No Problem
    Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem

    Where in the world does the poo always seem to hit the fan?
    Muslims living with Jews = Problem
    Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
    Muslims living with Hindus = Problem
    Muslims living with Baha’is = Problem
    Muslims living with Shintos = Problem
    Muslims living with Atheists = Problem
    Muslims living with Christians = Problem
    Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem
    Muslims living with other Muslims = Problem

    So what are some Muslim Social Clubs?
    Palestine Liberation Front: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    Abdullah Azzam Brigades: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION, etc.

    Now let’s reason together whether or not we should allow millions
    MORE Muslims to immigrate to the US. Hmm, a real stumper, huh?

  • Buttonman317

    This is why Debasio will be a one term Mayor