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.

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soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Doug

    relax everyone, open your minds and accept there is no god so stop fighting in the name of silly religions, then open your eyes and see the people you think you hate in the name of your silly pretend god and you'll find they are no different than you.

    this is the 21st century let's grow up and leave that nonsense behind

    May 14, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bruce G.

    ABC News channel 7 just reported police have indicated the car poses no threat and streets will be reopened shortly.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. bababooey

    Hey now!

    May 14, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Human

    Just in, man was doing landscaping work, and mowing lawns, the reason for the gas cans in the back of the car...

    May 14, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Miss E

    @doug - Oh there's a real God alright, open YOUR mind. But I agree about *religions* 🙂

    May 14, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nolo Contendre

    Nitrous party?

    May 14, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Missy

    So, a guy was using the gas cans when mowing the lawn earlier. You know, considering recent events, you'd think people just might say to themselves, "Hmmm, maybe not a good idea to leave my car unattended in NYC with gas cans in plain view right now." DOH!

    May 14, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bonny

    speak for yourself Kevin, I dont know about you but, I am at work on a deadline and it was very much a bother!

    May 14, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mohamed

    To Mr Ibrahim Thomas...

    Why do you want other people to suffer? This is not part of the religion of Islam. As a muslim I want to live in peace with all people, regardless their faith. I live in US and don't have any issues with non-muslims, including my Christian wife :).

    I advise you to learn and practice what in Islam.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. Liberal Californian

    well, this just proves where George W. Bush was today.

    it's all his fault

    if only he'd stop hiding Barack Hussein 0bama's birth certificate we'd be safe

    now, let's get back to the "lesbian at law" running for supreme court

    while Barack Hussein 0bama continues to let oil spill into the gulf

    question is, where is Matt Lauer in this
    he should be hounding the president of his poor handling of the crisis


    May 14, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. anonymous

    the owner of the vehicle was dumb to leave gas canisters in his car!!! he should know better! thank god those robots bust his windows. that's a lesson he would have to learn at his owb expense.... now go mow more lawns lol

    May 14, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    if anyone is there... please, keep us posted.

    moreover, these things need to be taken seriously. maybe it could be a hoax, but maybe its the real deal again. we never know... if its not this time, it could be the next time. we need to let me professionals do their jobs, thats why we pay taxes. they have been keeping us safe, and will continue to

    May 14, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. anonymous

    umm... those liberal media wants to protect the president in fear of being called racists... like all black people do... anything you say that is bad about them, they raise the race card against you.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Poobah

    If he was mowing lawns, they're gas CANS, not "canisters"

    Canisters are for salt, coffee, sugar, flour, and SARIN GAS!

    (hint: the sarin gas canisters don't look like gas cans)

    May 14, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tim W.

    "while Barack Hussein 0bama continues to let oil spill into the gulf" what is he suppose to swim down and stick his finger in the pipe ? That only happens in Nollen and fairy tails !

    May 14, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
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