At Least 25 PEOPLE injured when an explosion rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan
New York City Police Department, confirmed the incident happened in the neighborhood of 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues which happened around 8:30 p.m. ET.
A major east-west thoroughfare in the fashionable downtown neighborhood of Chelsea.
Explosion happened at roughly 8:30pm on 23rd street between 6th and 7th avenues. Several injured transported to area hospitals.
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The New York City Fire Department informs there were 29 injuries, with one person in critical condition.
25 injuries to civilians confirmed at 133 W 23 St #Chelsea. None appear to be life-threatening at this time
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The explosion, described by a neighbor to be as “deafening,” which happened near the Associated Blind Housing facility at 135 W. 23rd Street. This facility provides housing, training and other services for the blind.
Hundreds of people were seen fleeing down the block on an early autumn evening, as police cordoned off the area.
New York City Police issued a bulletin advising motorists in the area that they should “expect extensive traffic delays and emergency personnel in the area of 23rd Street and 7th Avenue” due to police activity there and asking the public to avoid the area.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio calls the explosion “an intentional act” as CNN reported that “gas has been ruled out.”
Citing a law-enforcement source, the news network said preliminary information indicated a potential IED near or inside a dumpster caused the explosion.
Although 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 explosion happened on the same day that a pipe bomb exploded near the site of a charity event in New Jersey. De Blasio said there didn’t appear to be a connection between the two incidents.
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