Brit Consul New York

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Looks like dummy grenades filled with black powder and then initiated by a hand lit fuze. On that hightech basis it will be about 5 minutes until the 'highly trained' operative is being inspected on a thousand CCTV tapes!

There are many other things in the building as well as the British Consulate (which occupies two upper floors), including a firm which sells the Israeli government its bulldozers!


He who desires peace, prepare for war?

That's a suitable signature for one who flys the horse of Solomon the wise!
Grenades Damage British Consulate in N.Y.

Police and fire officials inspect the area in front of the building housing the British Consulate, where two grenade-like devices exploded Thursday May 5, 2005 in New York City, causing slight damage but injuring no one. RICHARD DREW

May 05, 2005 2:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK - Two small makeshift grenades hidden in a concrete planter exploded early Wednesday outside a building housing the British Consulate, just as Britons went to the polls in a national election. The blast caused minor damage and no injuries.

The FBI and police were questioning a Dutch analyst for the United Nations who was lingering near the midtown Manhattan office building after the blasts, The Associated Press learned.

Authorities said they had no clear indication the consulate was a target. The blasts blew out a glass panel at the building's entrance.

The man - who lives near the building - was detained after he refused police orders to leave the crime scene, law enforcement officials told the AP. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, would not say whether the man was a suspect.

Other officials, including one from the United Nations, confirmed that police had detained and were questioning an analyst with the U.N. commission responsible for eliminating Iraq's biological, chemical and long-range missile programs. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

The devices used in the 3:35 a.m. attack were described as replica grenades, normally sold as novelty items, that were stuffed with gunpowder and lit with a fuse.

"We don't know who the particular target was at this time," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "There were no threats or phone calls."

Investigators were reviewing images shot by security cameras at the building and other locations to try to identify suspects.

In London, a Foreign Office spokeswoman, asked whether British authorities believed the blast was terrorism-related, said only: "Investigations are ongoing."

"We're not speculating about whether it's connected to the election," she added.

British citizens were voting in a heated race in which Prime Minister Tony Blair's fight for a third term could be hampered by public anger over the Iraq war.

The blasts occurred in one of a row of circular concrete planters - placed along the sidewalk to deter car bombers - at Third Avenue and 51st Street, within blocks of police and fire stations and less than a mile from U.N. headquarters.

Security was tightened at the United Nations and officials shut down several blocks surrounding the glass-and-metal office building, which also has stores, a bank and the New York offices of the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.

In Chicago, police closed a portion of Michigan Avenue near the British Consulate for about 30 minutes to search the area as a precaution.

At the building in Manhattan, workers were allowed in through a rear entrance about six hours after the explosion.

Adele Azzaro, a bookkeeper who works on the 18th floor, said security in the building is tight because of the British Consulate. It has metal detectors and requires workers to use swipe cards to get in.

"The building's very safe," she said. "They check everyone very carefully."

Another building worker, Jessica Velez, 27, had doubts after hearing the mayor urge New Yorkers to go about their business as usual.

"What's a regular day when two bombs go off in front of your building?" she asked.


Associated Press writers Justin Glanville, Madison J. Gray and Nick Wadhams contributed to this report.
Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved
Nehustan said:
He who desires peace, prepare for war?

That's a suitable signature for one who flys the horse of Solomon the wise!
It comes from "Epitoma Rei Militaris," by Vegetius. The original Latin is: "Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum" and was later adopted as their moto by the Roman legions.

Seems a fair enough in these 'interesting times' of more to do and fewer with which to do it, especially for someone with a pegasus. Afterall, look what happened to the Roman Empire when they cut back on their defence spending...

You've got a lot of brass, snake boy!

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