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Terror Awareness Pays Off at Times Square Bomb Incident

01/01/2011
BY JOHN V. KAZANSomething just didn’t feel right with this one. This is what ran through my mind as we approached a reported car fire on West 45th Street near Seventh Avenue in the heart of Manhattan’s Times Square area. The events of May 1, 2010, have reinforced the importance of expecting the unexpected at any time—in this case, a vehicle-borne improvised incendiary device (VBIID) or car/truck bomb.On the afternoon of May 1, I was conducting a routine theater inspection before my regular assigned tour. When finished, I walked through Times Square with a fellow firefighter back to our firehouse on West 48th Street and Eighth Avenue. We were discussing the warm weather a...

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