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Wall Street vehicle barricade detail

Wall Street vehicle barricade detail

The name of this gallery is all about this imposing mechanical barricade that spans the length of Wall Street right in front of the New York Stock Exchange. When I asked a police officer why there were barricades, he replied succinctly, "for the terrorism." I assumed he meant in response to the 9/11 attacks, but in fact, Wall Street had been the victim of terrorism before.

The history of heightened security on Wall Street dates back to the Wall Street bombing of 1920. At 12:01 p.m. on September 16, 1920, a wagon passed by lunchtime crowds on Wall Street in New York City and stopped across the street from the headquarters of the J.P. Morgan bank at 23 Wall Street, on the Financial District's busiest corner. Inside, 100 pounds (45 kg) of dynamite with 500 pounds (230 kg) of heavy, cast-iron sash weights exploded in a timer-set detonation, sending the slugs tearing through the air. The horse and wagon were blasted into small fragments. The 38 victims, most of whom died within moments of the blast, were mostly young and worked as messengers, stenographers, clerks and brokers. Many of the wounded suffered severe injuries. The bomb caused over $2 million in property damage and wrecked most of the interior spaces of the Morgan building.

Source: Wall Street bombing - Wikipedia

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I didn't know about this barricade. Thanks for sharing it.
I guess it just lifts up like a drawbridge when needed?
-Mycophagia, 2012-11-28 20:47:26

'For the terrorism'

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