Terrorist Attack In New York And New Jersey: What Happened, And What To Do In The Event Of An Explosion
Terrorist Attack In New York And New Jersey: What Happened, And What To Do In The Event Of An ExplosionTerrorist Attack In New York And New Jersey: What Happened, And What To Do In The Event Of An Explosion

Terrorist Attack In New York And New Jersey: What Happened, And What To Do In The Event Of An Explosion

This past weekend various acts of terrorism occurred in New York and New Jersey involving explosive devices. Officials have deemed the explosions as terrorist acts, and have a suspect in custody. Would you be able to identify a backpack or package that contained an explosive? How can you protect yourself?

What Type Of Devices Were Found?

Both of the devices in Manhattan — the one that exploded on West 23rd Street and the other found a few blocks away — were filled with shrapnel and built from pressure cookers, flip phones and decorative lights that set off an explosive compound according to law enforcement officials.

Where Were The Explosive Devices Found?

The first exploded in a garbage receptacle near a charity race on the Jersey Shore about 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The second exploded in front of 131 West 23rd Street in Chelseaabout 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. State troopers found a third device nearby, on West 27th Street between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue, around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. About 8:45 p.m. Sunday, two men walking from a train station in Elizabeth, N.J., found a backpack containing five explosives on top of a garbage can.

How To Identify A Suspicious Package

Terrorists use explosive devices as one of their most common weapons. One way to keep your family safe from these explosive devices is to know which types of packages are suspect. Look for packages that:

  • have no return address, or have one that can’t be verified
  • are marked with restrictions such as “Personal,” “Confidential,” or “Do not X-ray”
  • have protruding wires or aluminum foil, strange odors, or stains
  • are an unusual weight for their size or are lopsided or oddly shaped
  • have excessive postage or packaging material such as masking tape or string
  • have misspellings of common words
  • are addressed to someone not at the address listed or are otherwise outdated

Protective Measures for an Explosion

Because most bombings occur in public places, your family should know what to do in the event of an explosion.  As with any emergency drill, parents should practice the following tips with age-appropriate children and discuss what to do in the event of being trapped in or being near the scene of a bombing.  If your family is near the scene of an explosion, you should:

  • get under a sturdy table or desk if things are falling around you.  When the items stop falling, leave quickly.  Watch for obviously weakened floors and stairways, and be especially vigilant about falling debris.  Do not use elevators.
  • follow your family, job, or school emergency disaster plan for leaving and staying away from the explosion.  Do not stop to retrieve personal possessions or make any calls or texts.  Do not return to the scene because you will increase the risk of danger for rescue workers and your family.
  • avoid crowds. Crowds of people may be the target of a second attack.
  • avoid unattended cars and trucks, as these may contain explosives.
  • do not stand in front of windows, glass doors, or other potentially dangerous areas, including damaged buildings.  Move at least 10 blocks or 200 yards away from damaged buildings.  Also remember to move away from sidewalks or streets that will be used by emergency officials or other people still exiting the building.
  • call 911 once you are in a safe place, but only if police, fire, or EMS has not arrived to help injured people.
  • if you see someone who is seriously injured, seek help.  Do not attempt to handle the situation alone.
  • listen to the radio or television for news and instructions.

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