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‘Intentional’ explosion rocks Manhattan, at least 29 injured


PUBLISHED Sat, September 17, 2016 - 8:55pm EDT


An explosion believed to be an "intentional act" has rocked the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan, injuring at least 29 people, officials and witnesses say. A possible second device was found elsewhere in Manhattan.





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The first incident happened just after 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday when a loud explosion was heard in the area of West 23rd Street and 6th Avenue. A large number of emergency services rushed to the scene, witnesses said.

The explosion occurred outside 131 West 23rd Street, according to the FDNY, and photos from the scene showed a damaged garbage can that may have been the source of the explosion. The blast shook the area and blew out windows in nearby buildings.

At least 29 people were injured in the explosion, including one person who suffered serious injuries, according to the New York Police Department. The remaining 28 victims all suffered non-life-threatening injuries, most of them relatively minor.

It was not immediately known what exactly caused the explosion, but Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a late-night press conference that the blast is believed to be an "intentional act", though he added that no evidence was immediately found to suggest a link to terrorism.

The NYPD's counter-terrorism bureau and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force are among the agencies that responded to the scene.

Nearby streets have been closed and some venues - including bars - were evacuated as the NYPD's bomb squad carried out a precautionary search of the area, which resulted in the discovery of a "possible secondary device" on West 27th Street.

The device appeared to be a pressure cooker with wires and a phone linked to it, but city officials would not immediately confirm that it was a second bomb. The device was safely removed at around 2 a.m. and transported in a containment vehicle to the NYPD's firing range in the Bronx.

Police are expected to release more information on Sunday afternoon.

The explosion in New York City came just hours after an explosive device went off inside a garbage can along the route for a Marine Corps charity run in Seaside Park in New Jersey. The bomb, which only partially detonated, caused no injuries.

It is unclear whether the bomb blast in New Jersey is linked to the explosion in New York City.

Video: James Valles reporting (BNO News)

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