In recent weeks, there have been numerous bomb scares, and IEDs (improvised explosive devices) found across Staten Island. None of the bombs appeared to be operational. A number of inoperable devices that included clocks, wires, and plastic bottles were left out on the street, as the NYPD Bomb squad has been busy investigating their origin.
The most recent discovery was made by Staten Island Sanitation workers. They discovered a black backpack on Duncan Road, which had in it what appeared to be an IED.
Prior to this, on Thursday, a camouflage backpack was sitting on the sidewalk of Brentwood Avenue. A man that was walking by, fearlessly opened up the bag and saw a device he suspected was a bomb.
Once more, on September 3rd, a Stop and Shop was evacuated after a backpack was discovered outside. The bomb squad was called to the scene, and once again the same contents were found. Staten Island residents are on edge. “It scares me to death”, said Carolyn Clark when interviewed by CBS News. These bomb scares has endured large responses by Police, Fire Departments and the Bomb Squad.
After a threat from Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda, such bomb scares are a cause for concern for residents. These bomb scares came prior to the shooting in D.C. on Monday, and seem in no way connected. It is interesting, however, that right after the CIA-created Al-Qaeda makes a threat, bomb scares come and massacres follow.