Loud explosion-like sounds were heard across parts of New York City on Thursday night, causing fears among residents that something had happened, but officials and witnesses confirm it was only a fireworks show. (more)
The sounds were heard just before 9 p.m. ET on Thursday evening and were heard across parts of Manhattan, including Hell's Kitchen and the Garment District. Numerous people turned to social media to find out what was causing the sounds.
According to the City of New York, a legal fireworks display was authorized to take place on Thursday evening at Pier 84 near W 44th Street and 12th Avenue. The fireworks display on the Hudson River is reportedly taking place to mark the Chinese New Year, which is this weekend.