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Mayor: Chelsea explosion was 'intentional,' no connection to terrorism


New York City’s mayor said an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan Saturday night that injured 29 people was an “intentional act.”

The explosion happened around 8:30 p.m. Saturday in front of 131 West 23rd Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

Twenty-eight of the people hurt suffered minor injuries, and one person’s injuries are being described as serious. All are expected to survive.

Debris landed on nearby cars and shattered some windows. Two cars on West 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue had their back windows blown out. An 8-year-old who was in the back seat was injured.

The incident was captured on multiple surveillance cameras.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that while the blast appeared to be intentional, it does not appear to be linked to terrorism.


Police said surveillance video recovered from West 23rd Street shows the explosion, and contains other evidence that indicates to investigators that the original object was intentionally left next to a construction trash container.

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The object is described as four feet by four feet by three feet in size. In one video obtained by police, they see a man crossing the street in the vicinity of where the original object was left. The trash container was blown clear into the street by the force of the blast.

The object left behind could be a large tool box, and was left next to one of several commercial trash containers in front of a building that has been under construction. Investigators are trying to determine if there is a connection to this construction site.

Police confirmed that a second device was found hours later on West 27th Street — four blocks from the scene of the first explosion.

The reports of a possible 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. Mayor de Blasio said there is no connection between the explosions.

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