An explosion happened on 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue in Chelsea around 8.30pm. The Fire Department has reported that there were at least 29 people injured in the blast, but their injuries don’t appear life-threatening. The victims of the explosion have been taken to several different hospitals.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner James P O’Neill and Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro will hold a press conference regarding the explosion. “This was an intentional act,” stated Mayor Bill de Blasio.
We do think this was an intentional act. You can help your #NYPD. If you saw/heard something, please call 800-577-TIPS and/or 888-NYC-SAFE.
The MTA announced that the F, M, PATH train to New Jersey, the 1 and N trains have been shut down because of the explosion.
This comes just hours after a pipe bomb blew up in a trashcan near a fun-run for the military in New Jersey. Thankfully no one was injured. More than a thousand spectators, including war veterans and small children, had gathered just a few blocks from the blast where two more pipe bombs, hadn’t exploded. The pipe bomb near D Street exploded about 9.30am – the exact time runners were due to pass that location.
The FBI and NYPD Counterterrorism Unit are investigating but there is no confirmation on what caused the blast yet.
Another “possible pressure cooker” “it has a cell phone attached” has been found at 27th Street between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue.