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Police Probe Possible Ties in Bombing at New York City Starbucks
NEW YORK — Investigators are looking into similarities between an early morning explosion at a Starbucks coffee shop in Manhattan's Upper East Side and others throughout the city in the past four years.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters an explosive-like device went off outside the store at the intersection of 92nd Street and Third Avenue at about 3:30 a.m. Monday.
No injuries were reported.
Kelly said the bomb exploded around the same time of day as a May 2005 explosion at the British consulate, another at the Mexican consulate in October 2007 and one at the Times Square military recruiting station in March 2008.
A bicyclist was seen in the area prior to the previous bombings. Police have yet to see what, if any, security camera footage is available, Kelly said.
"We don't know the motive," Kelly said. "Obviously it is a cause for concern, but we're going to do an in-depth investigation."
Kelly said there was no call to police prior to the explosion, while seven calls to authorities immediately followed the blast, MyFOXNY.com reports.
No structural damage to the store was reported. Seven nearby residents were briefly evacuated following the explosion, MyFOXNY.com reports.
Kelly said the explosive appears to have been placed on the seat of a bench outside the coffee shop, but it was unclear what kind of container it was in. He said investigators would examine the remains to determine what kind of explosive it was and added it was possible it was some kind of firework.
Police also investigating whether the Starbucks, a few blocks from the Guggenheim Museum, was the intended target.
Jordan Kovnot, a 26-year-old law school student who was briefly evacuated following the explosions, told the Daily News, "I heard a giant noise — a big, giant noise, like a crash — and there was a flash."
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NEW YORK - Windows were shattered and a bench destroyed at a Starbucks on Manhattan's Upper East Side early Monday morning.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says an explosive-like device, possibly containing fireworks, went off outside the store at 3:30 a.m.
There are no injuries. Kelly says there are no witnesses to the blast.
The NYPD bomb squad was called to the scene at 1642 Third Avenue at 92nd Street.
Speaking at the scene of the explosion Monday morning, Kelly told reporters there was no call to police before the explosion. Seven calls to 911 came in immediately following the explosion.
There is a history of low-order explosions outside Starbucks stores across the country, said Kelly.
The city has experienced other early morning explosions in recent years. Small explosions occurred at the British consulate in May 2005 and Mexican consulate in October 2007. A small blast occurred at the military recruiting station in Times Square in March 2008.
Before each of the explosions, a bicylcist was seen in the area.
Police Commissioner Kelly says the only similarity between Monday morning's explosion and other small blasts in New York City is the time. All have occurred between 3:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.
Police investigators say no one was inside the shop at the time of the explosion. There is no damage inside the store.
An apartment building above Starbucks was evacuated. Seven people were forced from their homes and returned hours later.
No one was injured in the blast.
Several lanes of Third Avenue near 92nd Street were closed due to a massive police investigation. Expect bus diversions in the area of the explosion. The M 98, M 101, M 102 and M 103 bues are re-reouted.
MyFoxNY.com is updating this story.
Someone really hates their coffee prices
Bob is out riding his bike again.
Or their crappy excuse for coffee.
I've never had any of it and don't plan on having any. I can't stand coffee.
its just a gimmick for the new G.I. Joe movie.