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MSNBC Reports Explosions in front of NYC's British Consulate
    #4136227 - 05/05/05 04:46 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

MSNBC Reports 2 Explosions in front of NYC's British Consulate

No casualties reported. No structural damage to the building. The building has been evacuated.

Elections are taking place in Brittian today.

This just got mentioned, but I see nothing online yet.

CNN's covering it too.

FOX has yet to take notice.


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Re: MSNBC Reports Explosions in front of NYC's British Consulate [Re: Rose]
    #4136319 - 05/05/05 06:06 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/05/uk.consulate/index.html

Small blast at UK consulate in NYC

Thursday, May 5, 2005 Posted: 6:02 AM EDT (1002 GMT)

The explosion happened in the early morning hours Thursday in midtown Manhattan.

NEW YORK (CNN) -- An "improvised explosive device" made from a "novelty-type grenade" has exploded in front of the building that houses the British consulate in New York City, police said.

The blast early Thursday morning shattered windows but did not cause significant damage or injuries, the New York Police Department said.

It occurred as voters in Britain were casting ballots in a general election in which Prime Minister Tony Blair is seeking a historic third term for his Labour Party. (Full story)

The small bomb, placed in a concrete flower box next to the building, exploded at 3:35 a.m. EDT (0735 GMT), police said.

It blew a one-foot chunk of concrete from the flower box and shattered a few nearby windows, police said.

"It was detonated in one of the cement flower boxes used as a barrier outside the building," a spokesman told the UK Press Association.

"There was some damage to the front window but there are no reports of any injuries at this stage."

Police said it appeared that the device had some powder inside with a fuse.

The road was closed for two blocks on either side of the building, which was surrounded by police and bomb squad experts.

Witnesses described hearing two loud blasts just seconds apart.

Santos Figuroa was working down the street and said he heard "two loud bangs" that "sounded like thunder."

The consulate is located at 845 Third Avenue, between 51st and 52nd streets, police said. The building houses other offices in addition to the consulate.

Video from the scene showed New York City bomb squad personnel examining a car with shattered windows parked on the street in front of the consulate.

British officials said they were checking reports of the blast.

"We are aware of the reports and we are checking them," a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.

The Foreign Office said there were no provisions for Britons to vote at overseas consulates, The Associated Press reported.

Britain's diplomatic representation abroad has been targeted for terrorist attacks in the past.

In November 2003, a suicide bomb attack devastated the British consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Those who died in that incident included Consul General Roger Short, the UK's top envoy in Istanbul.

The New York consulate is in a nondescript office block on the city's well-heeled Third Avenue. It assists distressed Britons and can issue emergency British passports for a one-way journey to the UK, PA said.

It handles visa applications, as well as issues for British citizens such as the legalization of documents and notices of marriage. Its press and public affairs department organizes exchange programs, seminars and conferences, according to PA.

According to the consulate's Web site, its aim is to foster "political, economic and social understanding by establishing links between British and American government officials, academics, researchers and public policy organizations."

It updates local government officials on British government policy and keeps senior officials in London in touch with political, legislative and economic trends in its district.

A trade and investment section gives free advice and assistance to American firms interested in starting or expanding a business in the UK.


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Re: MSNBC Reports Explosions in front of NYC's British Consulate [Re: Rose]
    #4137382 - 05/05/05 01:26 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

hmmm I think the Dutch could learn a thing or two from their Muslim brothers.


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Re: MSNBC Reports Explosions in front of NYC's British Consulate [Re: DieCommie]
    #4137771 - 05/05/05 03:16 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

The FBI and police investigators were questioning a United Nations employee from the Netherlands who was found loitering near the building shortly after the explosion, FOX News confirmed.

Meanwhile democrats continue to block Bolton's nomination because he is a big meanie.


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Re: MSNBC Reports Explosions in front of NYC's British Consulate [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4138353 - 05/05/05 05:18 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

What does one have to do with the other?


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