May 25 2009
A small improvised explosive device detonated outside an Upper East Side STARBUCKS early Monday morning, shattering the coffee shop’s windows and raising fears of terrorism.
The bomb tore a hole in a wooden bench outside the coffee chain’s outpost at Third Ave. and E. 92nd St. when it exploded at 3:30 a.m. No one was injured in the blast, but it terrified residents who had been fast asleep early on Memorial Day.
Scores of detectives are crawling over the blast site, looking for surveillance video and trying to determine the nature of the low-grade explosive device, which investigators believe was either placed on or taped to the bench. “We don’t know the motive. Obviously it’s a cause for concern,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. “We’re going to do an in-depth investigation.”
The Mexican and British Consulates, as well as the military recruiting station inTimes Square, have been rattled by pre-dawn explosions, all occurring between 3:30 and 4:30 a.m. No has been arrested in connection with those events. NY DAILY NEWS