‘AN INTENTIONAL ACT’: Dozens injured in New York City explosion

  • An explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City went off around 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday night.
  • At least 29 people were injured, one possibly seriously.
  • A second possible device resembling a pressure cooker was found four blocks from the scene of the explosion.
  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio calls the explosion “an intentional act.”
  • Currently no evidence of a terror connection.

An explosion left dozens of people injured in New York City on Saturday night in what Mayor Bill de Blasio called an “intentional act,” while police in Manhattan also moved to investigate a second device resembling a pressure cooker later in the night.

According to the New York City Police Department, the initial explosion occurred in the Chelsea neighborhood on 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues around 8:30 p.m. ET.

The New York City Fire Department said there were 29 injuries, one of which may be serious.

NYC New York City explosionNew York Police Commissioner James O’Neill (center right) and Mayor Bill de Blasio (center left) walk into a press conference as police, firefighters and emergency workers gather at the scene of an explosion in Manhattan on September 17, 2016 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

In a press conference Saturday night, de Blasio said there was no specific and credible threat against New York City at this time, though he did call the explosion “an intentional act.”

De Blasio also said that there is currently no evidence of a terror connection. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said “the exact nature and cause of this explosion has not yet been determined.”

The White House said President Barack Obama had been briefed about the explosion.

Here’s video apparently showing the explosion:

CNN reported that “gas has been ruled out” as a potential cause. Citing a law-enforcement source, the news network said preliminary information indicated a potential IED near or inside a dumpster caused the explosion.

A possible second device was reportedly located at 27th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues,according to the NYPD. The police department urged people in that area to “stay away from windows facing 27th Street” until the “suspicious package” is cleared.

And this is the site of the explosion and the location of the second possible device:

NYC Explosion 2Google Maps

CNN, citing multiple law-enforcement sources, said the second device was believed to be a pressure cooker with wires and tape attached. The news network tweeted an image of the suspected device.

The object was taken away via a police escort around 2:30 a.m. ET.

Several injured people have been taken to local hospitals. Hundreds of people were seen running away from the area immediately after the explosion, according to Reuters.

ABC-7 New York reporter CeFaan Kim captured photos of two cars that appeared to have been damaged.

View image on Twitter
View image on Twitter

Explosion on 23rd and 6th. These two cars had back windows blown out while driving. 8 year old in back seat injured.

He said a child in one of the vehicles was injured.

Corey Johnson, the area’s councilman, said the FBI was on scene, along with a number of police cars, New York City Fire Department units, and ambulances.

Business Insider reporter Michelle Mark captured some video and images from the scene:

The NYPD’s counterterrorism unit tweeted this image from the area:

Here’s more video near the site of the explosion:

The explosion happened on the same day that a pipe bomb exploded near the site of a charity event in New Jersey.

That incident occurred shortly before thousands of runners were due to participate in a charity 5K race to benefit US Marines and sailors, authorities said. New York City officials say the two incidents do not appear to be related.

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