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Breaking News

New York City Police Suspect Pipe Bomb in Wall Street Explosion

Aired February 11, 2000 - 7:34 a.m. ET

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

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Let's get the latest now on that explosion on Wall Street this morning that has gotten everyone's attention there.

Let's get the latest now from Kraig Debro. He is with our affiliate WCBS in New York.

And, Craig, I understand you're only a few meters away from that building. What have you learned?

KRAIG DEBRO, WCBW REPORTER: Well, Leon , we're up the street actually. Well, we know that it -- the bomb was first reported at 4:40 a.m. this morning and that police right now are down the street at 75 Wall Street, which is just over my shoulder down there. The bomb squad is down there, crime scene unit is there. They believe the device was a small pipe bomb-like device. They're not calling it that yet officially, but police sources tell us that's what they think it is now.

Again, you mentioned the suspect. Witnesses in the area said they saw a black man about 5'10", 225 pounds in the area just before the explosion. They said he had a yellow construction hardhat on as well as a tool box with him.

Now, people who were down in the area at the time of the explosion say that it felt like an earthquake, the Earth moved. Lots of glass shattered not only at 75 Wall Street, which is the New York home for Barclay's Bank and a lot of other financial institutions, but 95 Wall Street just across the street.

Nobody was injured in the blast that we know of. We do have a report of one man who was walking in the area, a delivery man. He reported ringing in his ears. He was taken to the hospital, but those injuries are not believed to be serious. And right now, police are still searching for that suspect that witness saw in the area before hand, but they have not yet made an arrest -- Leon.

HARRIS: Well, Kraig, we know that you're in a city that still has memories of that World Trade Center bombing. Do authorities there have any concerns about there being a second device anywhere around?

DEBRO: Well, they're not saying that just yet, but what they are doing is they're taking precautions, and a couple of these streets down here are cordoned off. Like you said, Wall Street to Pearl Street, from east to west, and then on up north of here there's about a two-square block area that's been closed off. And that's as a precaution because, as you said, New Yorkers as well as other people in the country and across the world remember all too well the World Trade Center explosion. So everybody's taking, I guess, the extra step to be as careful as possible and make sure there aren't anymore blasts today.

HARRIS: And that seems a smart thing to do.

Kraig Debro of our affiliate WCBS in New York, thanks much. Hope to talk to you later on.

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