New York explosion: No arrests made, earlier report wrong, says FBI

An explosion rocked a crowded Manhattan neighborhood and injured 29 people, and a suspicious device discovered blocks away was safely removed early Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 19, 2016 9:29 am
New york, new york explosion, new york manhattan, new york chelsea, chelsea explosion, new york blast, explosion in new york, nyc blast, manhattan neighborhood, manhattan blast, world news, indian express news New York City firefighters stand near the site of an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. (Reuters)

The FBI has clarified that no arrests have been made in connection with explosion in New York City on Sunday. They said the earlier news report was wrong.

The news channel ABC earlier reported that five people have been taken into custody in connection with the explosion in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood on Sunday. The people taken into custody were stopped by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York Police Department on a bridge between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island, ABC reported.

An explosion rocked a crowded Manhattan neighborhood and injured 29 people, and a suspicious device discovered blocks away was safely removed early Sunday. Mayor Bill de Blasio ruled out any terror connections, but called the blast an ‘intentional act’.

“Tonight, New York City experienced a very bad incident,” de Blasio said at a news conference near the scene in Chelsea. “We have no credible and specific threat at this moment.” De Blasio tried to calm any fears among nervous New Yorkers, saying the explosion had no terrorist connection and wasn’t related to a pipe bomb explosion earlier Saturday in New Jersey that forced the cancellation of a charity run.

The reports of the 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. The run was cancelled and no injuries were reported.