3 NYC ‘bike bombings’ still unsolved

Posted at 10:23 PM, Apr 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-18 12:19:40-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) — FBI agent Kathy Flynn hoped she would solve the 2008 bike bombing at the U.S. Military Recruiting Center in Times Square by now. But she’s not giving up.

“I think the person that did this is out there, among us,” Flynn told PIX11 News. “I believe it was an act of domestic terrorism.”

No one was injured after a bicyclist placed a small bomb at the steps of the recruiting center at 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue just after 3:40 a.m. on March 6, 2008.

The subject used a pyrotechnic fuse to light the device and 3 or 4 pounds of black powder stuffed into an ammunition tin. It exploded about 70 seconds later, when the biker was already on his way, heading south.


The FBI still has no suspects in the 2008 bombing.

“People may look at it and say, ‘Well, nobody got hurt, and only some glass was broken.’ But it was an act of terrorism,” Flynn pointed out.

The FBI and NYPD investigators working together on the Joint Terrorism Task Force believe three unsolved bike bombings in the city are related.

The first happened between 3 and 4 a.m. on May 5, 2005, outside the British Consulate on Third Avenue in Manhattan.

A couple of “novelty” grenades, the kind used in World War II, were placed in planters. Then-Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly made this observation about surveillance footage from the scene.