At 3:50am this morning two small explosions occurred in Manhattan, NYC outside the British Consulate. According to Fox News, they were “two small makeshift grenades that exploded early Thursday, Election Day in England, causing slight damage to the building but injuring no one.” Luckily there was not much damage and no was seriously injured.
The grenades had been placed inside a cement flower box outside the front door of the midtown Manhattan building that houses the consulate, police spokesman Noel Waters said.
It is hard to imagine that this is a coincidence as the blast, no matter how minor, occurred on Election Day in England at the British Consulate. CNN reports the following on the British election angle and the fact that no group has yet taken credit for the incident.
The explosions occurred as voters in Britain were casting ballots in a general election in which Prime Minister Tony Blair is seeking a historic third term for his Labour Party.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said police had no indication who was responsible for the blasts.
“We do not at this point have any idea who did it or a motive,” Bloomberg said, adding that there had been no warning call before the blast or any call claiming responsibility.
It is hard to imagine that this incident was not a reaction or show of displeasure to Tony Blair’s role in aiding the United States in the war on terror and in Iraq and todays British Elections. Whether more sophisticated plot or individual nut case trying to make a point; terrorism is still terrorism.
Michelle Malkin seems to have the same worry. Although it appears that she has taken the prank option away and has strictly gone with terrorism.
At the very least it shows just how difficult it is to prevent terrorism on a day to day basis.
Here is some more reaction to the explosions in NYC:
The UK Today, “Conspiracy Theory” (THE ALTERNATIVE VIEW from across the Pond) “How convenient for Tony Blair that there should be a potential bomb explosion on election day.”
UPDATE: The Jawa Report has a great in in depth round up on the incident.
My tin-hat theory is that this is could be a “test run” for a much larger act. The media is linking the explosions to the elections in the UK, but there could be something more going on and the UK elections could just be a diversion.