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Car bomb that didn’t go off left behind trail of evidence

The homemade bomb in a Nissan Pathfinder at Times Square did not explode — as a result,a trove of evidence was left behind...

The homemade bomb in a Nissan Pathfinder at Times Square did not explode — as a result,a trove of evidence was left behind for investigators to pore over,not only for physical evidence or forensic clues,but also as a reflection of an assailant’s methods,mind-set and motives.

“There is a lot there to read into the case that really helps them,” said James M Cavanaugh,a former bomb expert. Or,put another way by Kevin B Barry who is with the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators,“He was trying to cover his tracks,but he left more clues than a guy walking into a bank to rob it without a mask. This guy left everything but his wallet.”

The evidence has yielded much: the police and FBI,using the vehicle’s identification number,have already spoken with its registered owner and learned it was sold for cash two weeks ago.

When the bomb in the Pathfinder did not go off,authorities had not only the vehicle,but also the explosive elements. Some provided additional detail such as the two neon-colour alarm clocks one of which had the time it was set for and fertilizer packed in plastic bags bearing the store’s logo.

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Moreover,a car is an ideal receptacle for traces of who might have been inside. The authorities have been dusting the Pathfinder for fingerprints. Inside,they can search for traces of hair or skin cells. They may even find literature tucked somewhere.

Each clue will be its own mini-investigation,said Deputy Commissioner Paul J Browne. Browne said that “some forensic evidence” had been developed. Cavanaugh said,the device and the way it was designed speak of a “grandiose purpose.” It was apparently made with common tools.

“I call this a Rube Goldberg contraption,” Cavanaugh said of the placement of the items meant for the explosive.