New York City on High Alert After Explosion Injures 29
Explosions in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, as well as an undetonated pressure-cooker explosive found nearby, and in New Jersey near a Marine Corps charity race have put authorities on high alert. No one was killed, and all 29 of the injured in Manhattan have been released from hospitals, according to The New York Times. No injuries were reported in New Jersey. Above are clips of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump responding to the events, as reported by CNN.
From The Guardian:
Although the New York mayor, Bill de Blasio, told a media conference the Chelsea explosion was an “intentional act”, he stopped short of saying it was a bomb and said that there was “no evidence” yet of any link to terror.
However, a police officer at the scene confirmed to the Guardian that the first explosion was caused by a device placed in a trash can on 23rd Street. He did not give any further details.The second site of investigation on 27th Street also involved “a device”, the officer said, and police were also examining a third site of interest but it was not clear whether it was an explosive device.
CNN reported that the second device was a pressure cooker, found with wires attached to a cell phone and a note. Pressure cooker bombs were the devices used to deadly effect in the bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013.
Bomb squad officers removed the device from the site and were preparing to transfer it to a safe location to conduct a controlled explosion away from the heavily residential area.
Below is a video from the scene of the New York explosion.
Video shows moment of IED Explosion at W 23 St & 6th Ave in Manhattan pic.twitter.com/O270bZWOzF
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