Bomb on Wall Street damages buildings

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 February, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 February, 2000, 12:00am

A bomb exploded in the Wall Street financial district early yesterday. One person suffered minor injuries from the blast, which damaged two buildings, police said.

Broken windows were visible from the street. A passerby who suffered an ear injury from the blast was treated and released from hospital.

'It was the biggest explosion I ever heard. It seemed like the building would have come down,' said Dennis Theodore, a vice-president with Worldco, a brokerage in a building next to 75 Wall Street, one of those damaged, about 300 metres from the New York Stock Exchange.

British banking group Barclays owns 75 Wall Street, but the company had no operations based there. Offices are sublet to tenants that include financial firms Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and J. P. Morgan, Barclays said. A building across the street was also damaged.

About 70 police and fire officials were investigating. A police spokesman described the bomb as an 'improvised' device. He said it was placed in a revolving entrance to the building and blew out the door.