October 10, 2014 Greenwich Village Subway Emergency Exit Smoke Bomb Restaurant Attack In Greenwich Village, New York, a man used a sidewalk emergency subway exit to emerge and toss a smoke grenade at diners who are eating at tables outside two trendy restaurants. No one was injured but some said that law enforcement should be concerned that the man was able to both exit and enter the emergency subway gate without being captured, and it could have been much worse if he delivered something more lethal in fire power given how common these exits are around New York City
Man Throws Smoke Bomb at Diners and Escapes Through Subway Hatch Oct 11, 2014, ...man was captured on video emerging from a hatch used for emergency exits from the New York subway system. The hatches are used by emergency responders to evacuate riders from the subway if necessary. On security video, diners were seen fleeing their tables as smoke started to overtake the outdoor eating areas for the Da Silvano restaurant and the Bar Pitti restaurant. According to the New York Police Department, no one was injured.
One of those at the restaurant was actress Rose McGowan, who tweeted about her expierence
diners were unharmed, at least one expert said law enforcement should be concerned that the man was able to both exit and enter the emergency subway gate without being captured.
Former FBI agent Brad Garrett said the event could be a good learning experience for authorities to understand how emergency services might respond in a similar attack.
"It's clearly a wake-up call," said Garrett, an ABC News contributor. "When you get into a city of the size of New York or even just the one borough of Manhattan, you literally cannot cover every single avenue. You do the best you can and try to learn from every situation and figure out where you have a vulnerability."