Police officials said they received a report about 6:30 p.m. of smoke coming from a Nissan Pathfinder parked on 45th Street just west of Seventh Avenue. The authorities found a smoking package in the vehicle. A bomb squad was sent to the scene.
The police were searching for a suspect.
A New York City firefighter who told Reuters he arrived early on the scene said that the vehicle was smoking and that he saw “a flash” from the back of the it. “We put two and two together” and the evacuation was ordered, he said.
And the general thought would probably be "I'd damn well hope so!" But get this, early in the article:
Reports said the vehicle contained a package that did not explode, and late Saturday night it was not clear whether the package was a bomb. A federal official said the incident was not considered it a terrorist threat and that the New York Police Department had told the Department of Homeland Security to stand down.
Now, maybe I'm just getting too picky about inspecting wording, but 'not considered a terrorist threat' could be interpreted as "Well, it was a dud bomb but that's not a threat, you see, it's a bomb that didn't properly go off." Which would fit right into Napolitano & Co., and the administration hesitating to call ANYTHING a terrorist act. And I imagine the NYPD telling DHS to 'stand down' would be a sight to see; possibly make the pissing matches between FBI and BATFE look a bit mild in comparison.
Any doubt that if the car had exploded(whether that was the intention or not) it WOULD have been called a terrorist act?