New York explosion LIVE: Device found near blast site connected to cellphone, reports say

New York explosion: 29 people have been reported injured, however, no injuries are life-threatening.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 18, 2016 11:52 am
new york, new york explosion, new york blast, blast today, new york blast today, manhattan, manhattan explosion, chelsea explosion, loud explosion, new york explosion, world news, us news New York explosion: A police officer escorts an injured man away from the scene of a possible explosion on West 23rd Street in New York. Authorities said 25 people suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Nico Maounis)

A loud explosion was heard in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night. The New York City police and fire department personnel rushed to the area and an investigating in underway. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told the media that the blast was an intentional one, but he added that there was no perceived terror threat to New York City.

The cause of the explosion, that took place in a dumpster, is not yet known, but officials have ruled out gas as being the source of the explosion.

The New York City fire department said that 25 people were being evaluated for minor injuries on the scene of reported explosion in Manhattan. However, no serious injuries were reported and all injured are currently stable.

Watch: New York Explosion, fire brigade swarm the area

A device was found only blocks from the blast site which was connected with a cellphone and had wires on it.

CNN reported that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced the news of the blast before the city officials could confirm it.

“Just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows exactly what’s going on,” Trump said.

He said what was going on was terrible and that he was going to get tough about things in view of the attack.

“We’ve got to get very tough. It’s a terrible thing what’s going on in our world, what’s going on in our country, but we are going to get tough and smart and vigilant and we are going to end it,” he said.

Police and fire representatives said they were investigating reports of an explosion.

The explosion comes after a pipe bomb exploded in a New Jersey shore town Saturday shortly before thousands of runners were to participate in a charity 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors. There is, however, no evidence to link the New Jersey explosion to the one in New York Saturday evening.

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Device that appeared to be pressure cooker found near site of new york blast, says officials. Device found blocks away from explosion site had wires attached, connected to cell phone, sources tell CNN.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speaking on the New York City explosion, urged New Yorkers to exercise caution.

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A possible second explosive device found near site of New York City blast.

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New York City mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the press. Top points:

* No evidence at this point of a terror connection
* No connection to incident in New Jersey at this point
* No specific incredible threat against NYC at this point
* However, early indications say that this was an intentional attack
* A second potential device being investigated
* All forces on full alert

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Investigators also considering the possibility that the blast was accidentally triggered by construction explosives. But CNN reported that law enforcement sources believe an improvised explosive device caused the blast.

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A US official said the Joint Terrorism Task Force, an interagency group of federal, state and local officials, was responding to the blast, indicating that authorities have not ruled out a terror attack.

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New York city mayor, fire and police departments will hold a news conference around 11 PM Eastern Time (8.30 am IST), a police department spokesman said on Twitter.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told his supporters that a bomb went off before city officials confirmed the news, reports CNN. “Just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows exactly what’s going on,” Trump said.

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Law enforcement authorities considering possibility that the explosion was accidentally caused by construction explosives, says an official close to investigation.

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Gas has been ruled out as a possible cause of the explosion, a source told CNN.

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US law enforcement source says New York police department, FBI on the scene investigating

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New York fire department says none of the injuries appear to be life threatening at this time.
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Fire department confirms at least 25 injured.