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Petrol can car sparks New York terror alert

New York City was in the grip of another terror alert today after a car apparently containing petrol cans was spotted near Union Square.

The car was not far from the Union Square tube station, where several lines connect. Police said the petrol cans were seen in the back of the car.

The area was sealed off and the bomb squad and Emergency Service Unit were on the scene.

The new alert comes nearly two weeks after the attempted car bomb attack at New York's Times Square.

Union Square is near Greenwich Village, New York University and it sits along a major city route. Police said later they had removed the petrol cans from the car and nothing suspicious was found.

NYPD officers located the owner of the 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, which was found in front of the Con Edison utility building at around 10pm local time yesterday.

He told police he had the petrol cans in his car because he mowed lawns for his family. He parked the car in the area because he was attending a concert nearby, police said.