Foiled Terrorist Plot
- Police in London's bustling nightclub and theater district on Friday defused a car bomb that could have killed hundreds after an ambulance crew spotted smoke coming from a Mercedes filled with a lethal mix of gasoline, propane and nails. Hours later, police confirmed a second explosives-rigged car was found nearby.
The first car bomb, found near Piccadilly Circus, was powerful enough to have caused ''significant injury or loss of life'' at a time when hundreds were in the area, British anti-terror police chief Peter Clarke said.
- Clarke said Friday evening that the second car -- another Mercedes -- was originally parked illegally on nearby Cockspur Street, but had been towed from the West End to an impound lot near Hyde Park.
- Some you see and some you don't, but if you don't think security was tightened after word of the car bombs discovered in London reached Chicago, think again.
"We have what we think is an excellent camera system that we're using out at the Taste," said Chicago Police Department First Deputy Supt. Dana Starks. "We're able to see all over the area that comprises the Taste of Chicago and we believe with that, the extra vigilance, the vigilance of the community and people who attend the taste, we're on top of it."
- "We're keeping in touch with Homeland Security and we have a police officer assigned to Washington," Cline said.