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Kelly: ‘We Were Lucky’ After Attempted Times Square Bombing

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Faisal Shahzad - AP Photo/Orkut.com

Faisal Shahzad (credit: AP Photo/Orkut.com)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – It’s been a year since Faisal Shahzad parked his explosives-laden SUV in the heart of the crowded theater district, intending to kill as many people as possible.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports

But his attempted terrorist attack failed and Shahzad was arrested within two days of the plot and he’s now serving life in prison. Still, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the city got lucky.

“Quite frankly, we were lucky a year ago, on May 1. Faisal Shadzad drove right into the middle of Times Square and he wasn’t on anybody’s radar screen,” Kelly said.

On the first anniversary, the police department is doing everything it can to make sure the attempted attack doesn’t happen again.

“I think we get better, we get stronger, but there are no guarantees,” Kelly said.

Kelly said a lot of surveillance video cameras have been added in the year since Shahzad’s attempt and that they’re doing everything they reasonably can to protect the city.

“This is a dangerous world,” he said. “We are always adjusting what we do. We’re always fine-tuning the game plan.”

Is Times Square safer in the year since Faisal Shahzad’s failed bombing? Tell us your thoughts in our comments section below.

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