New York City police sounded an all-clear early Friday after a brief scare involving a suspicious car in lower Manhattan, a few weeks after a foiled bomb attempt in Times Square.
An employee for the Con Edison utility company called 911 at around 10:15 p.m. ET Thursday to report a four-door 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera with two gas cans in the back seat, according to Paul Browne, New York deputy police commissioner.
Police tracked down the owner, who said he keeps the gas cans in his car because he does lawn work for relatives, Browne said. Before the owner was found, the bomb squad used a robot to X-ray the vehicle and blow out its windows.
The Con Edison building and a nearby apartment complex were evacuated as a precaution, Browne said.
Police removed the canisters from the vehicle and cleared the scene early Friday.
Nerves have been on edge in New York City since Faisal Shahzad, an American citizen originally from Pakistan, left a car bomb in Times Square that failed to detonate.