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Times Square bomb hits close to home

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Ellen Cook, Leader Correspondent

It was to be the perfect ending to a birthday celebration for Jake and Ruthann Shannon. A Saturday in New York City, taking in a Broadway musical that evening, then a quiet drive back to their New Jersey home.

But this former Honeyville couple’s perfect night nearly turned into a nightmare.

Jake’s father, Mike Shannon, who still resides in Honeyville, said his son called him late Saturday night to give him a first-hand account of the Times Square bomb scare, an account that was far too close for comfort.

Jake said the couple walked out of a theater about 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening after watching the Broadway production of “Wicked.” As the two headed through Times Square toward their car, parked on nearby 44th Street, Jake heard popping sounds coming from a Nissan parked just to his left. In fact, the vehicle was so close Jake said he could reach out and touch it. The series of pops were followed by a puff of smoke.

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