London Car Bomb Disarmed

Mercedes left near Piccadilly Circus was packed with gasoline, gas cylinders, nails
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2007 6:33 AM CDT
A British police officer secures the area near Piccadilly Circus in London where the police had found a vehicle which contains a suspected bomb, Friday June 29, 2007. Police did not offer any details...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A car bomb was found and disarmed in busy central London today. The police were tipped off by an ambulance crew who saw smoke coming from a silver Mercedes in Haymarket. The car was packed with gasoline, gas cannisters, and nails, and could have caused serious damage if it had exploded, police say.

Witnesses saw the car driving erratically before crashing into a bin near a nightclub. The driver got out and ran away. Police shut down a large section of central London, and have disarmed the bomb with a controlled explosion. Brand new PM Gordon Brown said in response that Britain faces "a serious and continuous threat." (Read more London stories.)