Breaking news in Vegas

Man killed as backpack explodes in Las Vegas hotel parking garage

Just a BREAKING NEWS headline on MSNBC.com at this point. No story.

UPDATE: Now a story:

A backpack exploded in a parking garage attached to a Las Vegas hotel early Monday, killing a man who had picked it up and injuring another person, authorities said.

The man had removed the backpack from atop his car when it exploded shortly after 4 a.m. on the second floor of a parking behind the Luxor hotel-casino, said Officer Bill Cassell, a police spokesman.

The second person was taken to an area hospital.

Certain to be updated as more info becomes available.

UPDATE 2: Malkin reminds us of captured terrorist videos of a casing of the Luxor in 2002 and of the fact that

The intelligence community still is puzzling over why Mohammed Atta and four of his accomplices made several trips to Las Vegas in the months leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

UPDATE 3: This ranking is certain not to last terribly long:

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Comments

  1. Not enough info yet. I generally lean toward ‘no, this isn’t the end of the world as we know it’, but I’ve been wrong before…

  2. I hope this turns out to be some home-grown psycho with a bad attitude. Hopefully this isn’t representative of a new terrorist strategy of frequent small-scale attacks. The repercussions of a ‘thousand cuts’ strategy could be far more devestating than infrequent big booms. Think about the panic and paranoia frequent terrorist activity like this or the DC sniper would cause among our populace.

  3. I wonder about all of those E.Colli outbreaks that we’re always told aren’t terrorism, but they don’t know what’s causing them. If you don’t know what’s causing it, how can you rule out terrorism? Ironically, I suppose, if you don’t know it is terrorism, then it isn’t. In Vegas, a bomb in the car, or in this case on the car could just be a mob hit. After all that is the city the mob built, and one of the fastest growing cities in America as Californians flee in every direction (except South, natually).

  4. I honestly hope its terrorists…otherwise the news media might again start blaming the law abiding militia of the US like they did with Oklahoma City (he visited a couple of Militia meetings and got kicked out when he started talking about blowing $#!% up), Ruby Ridge, and other ‘incidents’ around the country. Its also funny, that little facts like the Salt Lake mall shooter being a Bosnian Muslim get glossed over. Keep your ears open to hear if the nationality and religious background of the blown up guy have some relation to that…you’ll only hear it once if at all.

  5. DFens, we had those e coli outbreaks before the current wave of terror. Not that the new ones couldn’t be terrorism, I’m just sayin’ is all. I was in DC when the sniper attacks were happening, and you would not believe how it freaked people out. I’m normally a relatively laid back guy, but when I was at a gas station that was attacked a couple hours later, it freaked me out. I am really, really surprised that we haven’t seen any of this. Our entire country is basically one huge, fat soft target.

  6. Those e coli outbreaks happen all the time and will happen all the time until people wise up and all the food to be irradiated. People tend to panic over the term radiation.

  7. It makes it easier to find in the dark too. Forget the candles, we’re eating by salad light! It just struck me as odd that they didn’t know how it got there, but it wasn’t terrorism. Isn’t the best defense against a sniper another sniper? It seems to me like we need more law abiding US citizens owning high powered rifles instead of more of these ‘gun free zones,’ but what do I know? Our entire country is basically one huge, fat soft target. I resemble that remark!