Chelsea Resident Who Found 2nd Bomb Thought It Was ‘Kid’s Science Experiment’

From Gothamist:

The Chelsea woman who found an unexploded bomb outside her home on West 27th Street on Saturday night says she wasn’t alarmed by the discovery, because the device looked so amateurishly benign. Jane Schreibman, a travel photographer, said she had heard the explosion on West 23rd Street, but initially assumed it was thunder. After a friend called to tell her about the blast, which injured dozens of people, she went outside to look around and noticed “a pot on the side of the road” near her home.

The Chelsea woman who found an unexploded bomb outside her home on West 27th Street on Saturday night says she wasn’t alarmed by the discovery, because the device looked so amateurishly benign. Jane Schreibman, a travel photographer, said she had heard the explosion on West 23rd Street, but initially assumed it was thunder. After a friend called to tell her about the blast, which injured dozens of people, she went outside to look around and noticed “a pot on the side of the road” near her home.

Schreibman tells the NY Post, “It looked weird, and I thought it was a kid’s science experiment, with wires coming out of the pressure cooker every which way. I thought someone was throwing it out. It had duct tape, and wires going into the cell phone or remote of some sort. But I couldn’t tell because it was all wrapped up in tape. The remote pointed into a white plastic bag.”

She called to report the device, and was standing near it when the NYPD bomb squad arrived. “A man, I guess he was a detective, saw me, and he shouted ‘RUN!” Schreibman tells the Post. She then retired to a friend’s house to play Scrabble, but couldn’t stop worrying about her cat Oceaie, who frequently sits at the window facing the street. Police wouldn’t let her back into her home until 3 a.m., when a detective finally escorted her back to collect the cat. “I can’t believe it was really a bomb,” Schreibman added.

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  1. “A man, I guess he was a detective, saw me, and he shouted ‘RUN!” Schreibman tells the Post. She then retired to a friend’s house to play Scrabble —

    I don’t think I would have thought “hey, nice time for some scrabble” at that moment. I would have probably just gone and gotten my cat and hid under a bed.

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