Weapons, WTC Photos Found After NYC Blast


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Mark Tyson
January 25, 2004, 08:46 AM
http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/news/story.jsp?oldflok=FF-APO-1110&idq=/ff/story/0001%2F20040125%2F0817486121.htm&sc=1110&floc=NW_5-L1

Weapons, WTC Photos Found After NYC Blast

By DONNA DE LA CRUZ

NEW YORK (AP) - Police sent to investigate a backyard explosion that injured an artist discovered weapons and ammunition along with material related to the World Trade Center and other sensitive locations, authorities said.

The discovery brought members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force to the Brooklyn home of Christopher Hackett to investigate, FBI spokesman Joe Valiquette said Saturday. Police said they weren't sure of the significance of the material, which included photos of the World Trade Center and information on the Brooklyn Bridge and a city reservoir.

Hackett, 31, dialed 911 just before noon after suffering burns and head injuries while working on an art project, authorities said. He was in stable condition at Lutheran Hospital.

Hackett said an explosion occurred while he was working with a propane tank and a homemade device designed to shoot confetti out of a pipe, Fire Department spokesman Sean Johnson said.

Authorities found eight pounds of black powder, two high-powered rifles, a 9 mm handgun, a shotgun, a machine gun, a case of shotgun shells and 400 rounds of other ammunition, Johnson said.

Richard Nelson, 15, who lives in the neighborhood, said Hackett is well-known there, and that concerns over what was found in the apartment were ``out of proportion.''

Nelson said Hackett would take guns and turn them into something positive, like a toy for blowing bubbles.

``There's not any negativity to him,'' Nelson said.

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cool45auto
January 25, 2004, 08:57 AM
Nelson said Hackett would take guns and turn them into something positive, like a toy for blowing bubbles.

I don't care what its been turned into, don't point it at me.

As for the other stuff: :scrutiny: :scrutiny: :scrutiny:

Stand_Watie
January 25, 2004, 08:59 AM
Is this the new generation of flower-in-the-gun-barrel peace activist type? Hopefully he will turn out to only be a danger to himself.

Jeff Thomas
January 25, 2004, 11:02 AM
Ignoring all the other stuff, one interesting point is the firearms involved ... except for the "machine gun", pretty plain jane. The "high-powered rifles" are likely just .30-06 bolt rifles for example. And I'll wager the "machine gun" isn't.

But, we'll never here the final, true version ... the initial report is juicy, and the reporters these days have no interest in factual follow-up.

Regards from TX

Diggler
January 25, 2004, 01:09 PM
The only guns that AREN'T positive are the ones that are pointed at me!

:D

Hkmp5sd
January 25, 2004, 01:35 PM
And the reason this makes national news is because some idiot playing with blackpowder and fire had photos of the WTC? Quite possible that everything "found" is perfectly legal and this is nothing more than a Darwin Award runner-up.

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