Possible explosion reported in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood
NEW YORK (AP) —
SATURDAY UPDATE: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night was "an intentional act." But he says there’s "no evidence at this point of a terror connection."
Police say 29 people sustained minor injuries in the explosion on West 23rd Street.
The blast happened in front of a residence for the blind. Witnesses say the explosion at about 8:30 p.m. blew out the windows of businesses in the area.
Federal and local officials are at the scene.
De Blasio says a second Manhattan site is also under investigation.
The White House says President Barack Obama has been apprised of the explosion.
The reports of a blast came hours after a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, shortly before thousands of runners participated in a charity 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors.Police and firefighters are at the scene of a possible explosion in New York City, and authorities say 25 people suffered minor injuries.
ORIGINAL STORY: Police spokesman J. Peter Donald said on Twitter that the possible explosion happened at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday on West 23rd Street in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. He says several people were taken to hospitals with injuries. The Fire Department tweeted that none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.
No detail about the extent of damage was immediately available.
Chris Gonzalez, visiting from Dallas, was having dinner with friends at a restaurant. The 26-year-old says she heard and felt a blast. She said the restaurant went quiet.
Witnesses say FBI and Homeland Security officials are also at the scene.
The reports of a possible blast come hours after a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, shortly before thousands of runners participated in a charity 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors.