New York, New York, U.S. - An early morning explosion blew out windows in the Time's Square Armed Forces Recruitment Center and shook buildings blocks away. No one was injured, but New York City police officers and firefighters now redirecting foot and vehicular traffic away from the area. The Time's Square subway station, a major hub that nearly a dozen train lines pass through was also shut down.
A witness reported seeing a large plume of smoke after the explosion and an individual wearing a hooded sweatshirt on a bicycle leaving the scene. Police believe that attack may be connected to a similar one that shattered windows in the Mexican consulate on the eve of the anniversary of slain anarchist journalist Brad Will's death last November.
The Time's Square center located directly across the street from a police station is a frequent target of anti-war protests. There are likely to be demonstrations at recruitment center as we near the fifth anniversary of the March 20th 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.