Authorities: Mail Bomb Could Have Exploded Over U.S.

Scotland Yard Says NYC Certainly Within Potential Blast Zone

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — We could have been targets all over again.

The mail bomb intercepted in England was timed to explode over New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania.

CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reports a new attack was closer than we ever imagined.

After inspecting timers on the sophisticated mail bombs, forensics experts in Britain did the math and believe one of them was set to explode over the East Coast at 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 29.

“If the device had not been removed from the aircraft, the activation could have occurred over the eastern seaboard of the U.S.,” a spokesman for Scotland Yard said.

That’s a target zone that includes the New York City.

“This is their target. This is their goal. This is what they want to do,” security expert Robert Strang told Carlin.

The device was one of two linked to Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, called the top bomb maker for the branch of al Qaeda based in Yemen.

The explosives were hidden in computer printer cartridges, and included syringes and cell phone components.

The two packages were addressed to synagogues in Chicago. After a tip from a Saudi intelligence source, one package was intercepted in Dubai, the other at East Midlands Airport in Britain.

The new developments show the plot was unraveled with almost no time to spare, and sparked an intense search for more cargo bombs. Newark Liberty International Airport was evacuated, a jet was escorted by fighter jets at John F. Kennedy Airport, and the DHL shipping terminal at Kennedy was emptied. All three searches turned out to be false alarms.

“We do the best we can with the tools we have. Can we get better? Absolutely,” Strang said.

Carlin also learned the wiring inside those bombs was very difficult to detect — even with X-ray machines. Cargo companies are now double-checking all packages, especially the ones with no return addresses or excessive postage.

  • Nathan is a bigot

    Go have another hot dog Nathan. Go drown your bigotry in some ketchup loaded fries while you’re at it. Then, go into downtown Brooklyn tomorrow afternoon, get on your soapbox and tell all the Muslims how you feel. See what they have to say. See if they will even acknowledge your bigotry.

    • nathan

      You, sir, are a RACIST. What have the muslims ever done to you? Nothing. It was only a few individuals who killed. Much like everywhere else. Islam is a peaceful religion. Muslims are are friends. We should all live in harmony. And if you don’t agree with our Peace Loving Community, than you, sir, should be Censored. We have no place here in CBS for warmongers like you.

      • nathan

        The above was a parody of nathan/CBS stance.

  • nathan

    This is all a misunderstanding. Muslims don’t want to hurt us. Islam is a peaceful religion. We should all sit down and discuss these outright lies and misdirections of a government conspiracy. Group hug anyone?

    And if you don’t agree with our peaceful stance, why we folks at CBS will just censor you. For your own good.

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