New York city police are now investigating whether yesterday's bomb scare in Times Square was related to death threats against the creators of "South Park."
A car that was filled with explosives that never detonated was left near the New York offices of Viacom on Saturday night. Viacom owns Comedy Central, the network that broadcasts "South Park."
Two-weeks ago a radical Muslim group posted an online death threat to "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone after their show's portrayal of the prophet Mohammed.
Episode 200 featured an image of Mohammed dressed up in a bear costume. After the death threats, Comedy Central decided to censor episode 201, bleeping out all mentions of Mohammed, and covering the prophet's image with a banner.
So far there is no proof that the death threats and the bomb scare were related, but according to the London Telegraph, the location of parked car is openning up the possiblility of a link.
In the orginal death threat, the address for the New York Viacom office was listed, as well as the addresses for Comedy Central, South Park Studios, and a home that Parker and Stone jointly own in Colorado.
New York Governor David Paterson called the incident an "act of terrorism." He added, "Luckily, no one is hurt and now the full attention of city, state and federal law enforcement will be turned to bringing the guilty party to justice in this act of terrorism.”
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the bomb "looked amateurish," and some of the explosives were made from "consumer grade fireworks."
Revolution Muslim, the group responsible for the threats against Parker and Stone has also been described as amateurish, and has less than a dozen members.
The bomb was left inside an SUV at 45th and Broadway. After the car started smoking, a nearby t-shirt vendor reported it to police.
Parker and Stone both grew up in Colorado, and met while studying film at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Last Wednesday's episode of "South Park" made no mention of Mohammed.