May 13th, 2010
11:33 PM ET

Suspicious vehicle causes brief scare in NYC

A suspicious vehicle with two gas canisters caused a brief scare in New York City late Thursday, police said.

An employee at Con Edison, an utility company located at 4 Irving Place, called 911 after noticing a four-door Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera with the canisters in the back seat, authorities said.

At around 11:55 p.m. ET, a police robot was used to X-ray the vehicle and to blow out the windows, so members of the bomb squad could look inside.

Authorities were able to track down the vehicle's owner through the license tag. The owner told police he had the gas cans in the car because he mows lawns for relatives.

The Con Edison building and two nearby apartment buildings were evacuated as a precaution.

Read the full CNN.com story here

soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Jarod

    @marc – U just told Kimberly that Jesus Christ can suck your monkey balls, then go on to talk about god forgiving Osama? hmmmm

    May 14, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mike Cherna

    @ Moki,
    The chicken has come home to roost. If it came home to roast, would there be fries and salad with it?

    May 14, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. noway

    No mosque built at the WTC.It is so insulting on top of it all.How about some sensitivity coming this way. I also am waiting to hear this on the news.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Alex

    evacuating NYU dorms in area as well

    May 14, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. denis

    this is hilarious looks like an SUV is supposed to be parked n NY every week n make people go paranoid.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rick

    Gas as in GASOLINE canisters or vapor type gas???

    May 14, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Missy

    Hey Matt, I just read elsewhere that they're now looking at a second car.
    Can you see anything?

    May 14, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Marc

    @Jarod – I don't mean to imply I don't believe in God. I just don't believe in Jesus.

    @Mike Cherna – EL Oh EL

    May 14, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. venkat

    Must be hoax. Entire country is paranoid

    May 14, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jason

    second car?

    May 14, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. www.rmj.name

    If u see something say something.
    HOLLAAAAAAAAAAAA
    (Supposed) sleeper cell/Former inmate 75369-053
    http://www.rmj.name

    May 14, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jason

    Heard they are evacuating many buildings in the area

    May 14, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bev

    sounds like we NEED a more intelligent president & congress to try to keep our country safe.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Missy

    WABC's site is reporting: "After examining the vehicle, including blowing out the windows in a controlled explosion, they determined it was nothing." Whew! Thank goodness!

    May 14, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin

    We were wathcing it from across Union Square from the roof of our office building. It wasn't too much of a bother

    May 14, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
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