07/02/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Duane Jackson, Hero Times Square Vendor, Spotted Suspicious Vehicle (VIDEO)

Handbag seller Duane Jackson is being hailed as a hero after being one of the first people to report a suspicious SUV that turned out to contain an explosive device in Times Square.

According to NBC New York,

The 58-year-old Jackson says he and another vendor who sells trinkets next to him outside a hotel went to peer inside the tinted windows, then smelled smoke and heard a "pop pop pop" like firecrackers.

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