ABC News: Fertilizer Used By Would-Be Bomber Was Harmless
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Monday, May 03 2010
(New York, NY) -- The man who tried to set off a bomb in Times Square Saturday evening used a type of fertilizer that does not explode.
ABC News reports that the more than 100 pounds of fertilizer found in a metal gun trunk in the SUV was harmless fertilizer, and not ammonium nitrate like what was used in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Sources close to the investigation told ABC News that valves on the three propane tanks found in the vehicle were not open, making it very unlikely the gas would have exploded.
Video images of a person of interest in the case have been released by the NYPD.
Authorities are searching for a white man in his 40s who was spotted leaving the area and pulling off a dark shirt about a half block from where the SUV was parked.