USREPORT-US-TIMESSQUARE-EVACUATION As you’ve probably heard by now, unless you’re still recovering from a weekend drug binge, some idiot tried to ignite an improvised car bomb in Times Square on Saturday evening, but thanks to some quick thinking on behalf of a vendor in the area, a swift response by the NYPD, and ultimately the failure of the device to detonate, disaster was averted.

And while the media was been quick to name Vietnam veteran and New Yorker Lance Orton as the lone hero, the Times of London exclusively reports that it was Aliou Niasse, a vendor originally from Senegal who first noticed the incident. He explains:

I thought I should call 911, but my English is not very good and I had no credit left on my phone, so I walked over to Lance, who has the t-shirt stall next to mine and told me. He said we shouldn’t call 911. Immediately he alerted a police officer near by.

I guess it makes more sense for American media to have an American hero.

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