[JPL] Jazz Lover Fiddling With Bass Causes Bomb Scare on East Side
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April 15, 2006
Jazz Lover Fiddling With Bass Causes Bomb Scare on East Side
By KAREEM FAHIM
The easy listening habits of Grantley Richards met with a large police
response early yesterday, shutting several Manhattan blocks and
causing a brief panic.
The chaos that unfolded on East 67th Street during the morning rush
started with a stereo speaker that looked like a bomb. Eventually, the
drama ended up involving Slovakian diplomats, the Japanese ambassador
to the United Nations and a robot that fires water projectiles.
When it was all over, Mr. Richards's minivan, where he has listened to
much jazz and some reggae, sat covered in police tape, with most of
its windows blown out.
A law enforcement official said it was Mr. Richards's love of bass
that caused the problem.
The police gave this account: About 8 a.m., Mr. Richards's minivan, a
Mercury Villager, was parked on East 67th Street between Fifth and
Madison Avenues, outside the residence of the Japanese ambassador to
the United Nations.
A woman who works in a building on the block noticed a strange device
inside it, and the police were summoned. The device was a cylinder
with wires sticking out if it, and numbers on its display kept
The Police Department's bomb disposal unit sprang into action,
deploying a robot that fired a water projectile through the minivan's
windows and then took X-rays of the interior.
Time passed. Three blocks of Fifth Avenue were shut down, as well as
67th Street between Fifth and Madison. The police developed the
X-rays. At some point, some people who worked for the Slovak
Republic's permanent representative to the United Nations ran out of
their building and down Madison-- to the displeasure of officers
trying to keep the area calm -- according to a building worker who
witnessed the episode, Ron Dikoli.
Determining that the device was not an explosive, the police sent an
officer wearing a bomb-resistant suit to recover the thing, which Mr.
Richards described later, in an interview at his home in the Bronx.
He said it was a speaker that enhances the bass. "I'm able to enjoy
the music the way I like to hear it," he said.
Of the flashing numbers, he said: "I kind of liked the luminescence of
Mr. Richards, who works as a houseman at luxury hotels, said the
police were apologetic, telling him that the city would pay for the
damage to his car, which he estimated at more than $1,000.
Of his parking space yesterday, he said, "I'll probably try to avoid
that spot in the future."
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