Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) carry on investigations at the scene of Saturday"s explosion on West 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan"s Chelsea neighborhood, New York, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016.Image copyrightAP  – The two devices found in Chelsea were said to be similar in design

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The bomb detonated on Saturday in New York, and another device found nearby, were both shrapnel-filled pressure cookers – similar to the bombs used at the 2013 Boston marathon, reports say.

Citing officials, separate reports said both had mobile phones and Christmas lights as makeshift detonators.

The blast, in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, injured 29 people.

The FBI said it stopped a “vehicle of interest” in Brooklyn on Sunday but made no arrests.

Unconfirmed media reports said five people in the car were taken into custody for questioning.

The second device was found four blocks from the site of the explosion and was removed and later destroyed in a controlled explosion.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo said it appeared to be “similar in design” to the exploded device.

Both were different from a pipe bomb that detonated earlier on Saturday on the route of a charity race in New Jersey, Mr Cuomo added. That explosion caused no injuries.

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Earlier on Sunday, New York Mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “Was it a political motivation? A personal motivation? We do not know.”

“We know there was a bombing. We know it’s a very serious incident. But we have a lot more work to do to be able to say what kind of motivation was behind this.

“All possible theories of what’s happened here and how it connects will be looked at but we have no specific evidence at this point in time.”

Mr Cuomo said: “Whoever placed these bombs – we will find them and they will be brought to justice.”

Some 1,000 extra security personnel are being deployed to New York’s transport hubs, police said.


Windows blown out

Mangled box in New York, 18 SeptImage copyrightAFP – The mangled box said to have held the explosive device

The Chelsea explosion occurred at about 21:00 (01:00 GMT on Sunday) on West 23rd St. The force of the blast blew out windows and could be heard several blocks away.

Some reports said the bomb went off in a black metal construction toolbox, others that it was in a rubbish bin.

Chelsea is among the most fashionable districts of Manhattan and its bars and restaurants are usually crowded at the weekend.

Mr de Blasio said there would be a “bigger than ever” police presence in New York in the coming week.

On Tuesday, President Obama and other world leaders are due to attend the UN General Assembly in New York.

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Arch From Temple of Ba’al to Stand in NYC

“And I have seen unseemliness in the Neviim of Shomron: they prophesied by Baal, and caused My people Yisrael to err.” Jeremiah 23:13 (The Israel Bible™)

 

Despite initially cancelling plans to erect a reproduction of the Victory Arch that stood for 1,800 years in front of the Temple of Ba’al in Palmyra, the Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA) has announced they will recreate the arch destroyed by the Islamic State (ISIS) in New York City’s City Hall Park on September 19th.

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Reproduction of Arch of Palmyra on display in Trafalgar Square London April 19 (Photo by Shutterstock)

 

The original arch, built in the third century was a major archaeological site and one of Syria’s  biggest tourist attractions until it was destroyed by ISIS in October 2015. The arch was built by Roman Emperor Septimius Severus in front of a preexisting temple that was used to worship the pagan god, Bel, mentioned often in the Bible as Ba’al.

For he built again the high places which Chizkiyahu his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, II Kings 21:3

In March, the Institute announced they would be erecting full-size reproductions of the arch in London’s Trafalgar Square and New York City’s Time Square for the UNESCO Heritage Week. The 15-meter tall full-size reproduction is made using proprietary 3-D printing techniques. The IDA is recreating the partially destroyed arch as a showcase for new technology and,  ironically, as a symbol of protest against religious extremism.

The reproduction did go up in London as planned on April 19 during UNESCO Heritage Week, which coincided disturbingly with Beltane, a major pagan festival for worshiping Ba’al. The New York presentation was reportedly cancelled, but has now reappeared.

From the 2012 Beltane Fire Festival bonfire on Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland (Photo: Stefan Schäfer, Lich / Wikimedia Commons)
From the 2012 Beltane Fire Festival bonfire on Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland (Photo: Stefan Schäfer, Lich / Wikimedia Commons)

The IDA announced the upcoming exhibit on its website.

“There are few cities in the world as much defined by their architecture as New York.  The Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge — all symbols of the audacity, strength, technical prowess, diversity and optimism of what Ezra Pound called ‘the most beautiful city in the world.’ It is also a city that has known terrible loss — first and foremost the loss of life, but also the loss of familiar landmarks that helped inform the city’s identity.  The Triumphal Arch, a symbol of resilience in the face of loss, will be a fitting tribute to America’s great metropolis. The arch will stand in City Hall Park, surrounded by buildings adorned with classical features suggesting the common cultural roots of East and West. We hope that you will visit us this fall to consider the relationship between people and the places they inhabit.”

The announcement failed to specify the main aspect the destruction of the Palmyra Arch and New York City’s architectural losses have in common: Islamic extremism. 

 

Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/75760/despite-earlier-denials-arch-temple-baal-stand-nyc/#gqj4Up4BzPyKheSH.99