by Bhakti Mamtora, CBS News Investigative Unit
The psychological cost of a terrorist attack in the heart of Times Square is incalculable. But a CBS News analysis has found the cost to make the car bomb that Faisal Shahzad allegedly left in Times Square last Saturday night is surprisingly inexpensive.
The most expensive component was the vehicle itself. Shahzad is said to have purchased the Nissan Pathfinder on Craigslist for $1,300 cash.
But the actual bomb components cost less than $800 - that's roughly the cost of a 42 inch flat screen TV.
The M88 fireworks were purchased for $95 in Pennsylvania. A gun safe similar to the one found in the Nissan can be purchased for about $290.00.
Then we estimated the cost of the other bomb components: eight bags of fertilizer $160.00, 3 Propane Gas Canisters, $149.00, two alarm clocks, $15.00, two five-gallon gas canisters, $26.00,
and gasoline for the canisters, $34.00.
Grand Total - about $2,100.00
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