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Breaking News

Explosion in Wall Street Bank Blows Out Glass, Injures None

Aired February 11, 2000 - 6:51 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DEBORAH MARCHINI, CNN ANCHOR: We're going to bring you more now on that blast that had taken place on Lower Manhattan, specifically on Wall Street in the vicinity of Water Street. We're looking at live pictures provided by a CNN affiliate of the exterior of the Barclay's Bank building down there on Wall Street. I'm sorry, they're not live, they are now on videotape, taken live earlier. And you're looking at some of the broken glass and the like that is visible on the street as a result of some kind of an explosion. Not yet clear what kind of a device caused the explosion, but the New York City Police Department's bomb squad is investigating.

JOHN DEFTERIOS, CNN ANCHOR: Indeed. WABC is providing the video, unedited video, as we should say right now.

The blast took place at 4:40 Eastern Time. It is now 6:51, so just over two hours ago. Police are also looking for a male suspect right now, wearing a tan construction jacket and carrying a yellow tool box, this according to the Associate Press, which is just crossing now. The man was described as having a mustache, five-feet- 10, weighing between 225 and 230 pounds and in between his 30s and his 40s. Again, the details are pretty sketchy at this juncture.

MARCHINI: In terms of geography, Wall Street is not that long, at the lower end of Manhattan, there. This would be not far, just a few blocks, from the New York Stock Exchange, about a block away or so. The road's also extremely narrow, and the likely result is going to be closed roads and clogged traffic in lower Manhattan, where a number of financial companies have their offices, this morning. It is likely to be a bit of a problem for traders arriving at the New York Stock Exchange a little bit later, this morning.

DEFTERIOS: In fact, we understand that streets have been closed off around the area, and that's worth saying, if you can see from the pictures here, a substantial blast but certainly not causing structural damage. It is a narrow area, as Deborah had talked about. The blast taking place at 4:40 Eastern Time, and as a result we have no reports of injuries so far in the area.

MARCHINI: It appears this was the only building damaged, at least from the Associated Press reports that we have to date. There is broken glass at the Barclay's building but not from any other buildings. And our own Christine Romans has been sent to the scene, and we hope that she'll be reporting back to us shortly on a little bit more about the damage we can see. TO ORDER A VIDEO OF THIS TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE CALL 800-CNN-NEWS OR USE OUR SECURE ONLINE ORDER FORM LOCATED AT www.fdch.com

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