Thursday 29 September 2016

Five things we know so far about New York explosion in Chelsea

Kevin Kelly

Published 18/09/2016 | 10:22

New York City firefighters stand near the site of an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, U.S. September 17, 2016. REUTERS/Rashid Umar Abbasi
New York City firefighters stand near the site of an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, U.S. September 17, 2016. REUTERS/Rashid Umar Abbasi
Police work near the scene of an explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, in New York, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
New York City Police Department officers arrive to keep watch near the site of an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, U.S. September 18, 2016. REUTERS/Rashid Umar Abbasi
New York City firefighters stand near the site of an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, U.S. September 17, 2016. REUTERS/Rashid Umar Abbasi

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has called an explosion in New York City which left 29 people injured an 'intentional act'.

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Here is what we know so far about last night's blast:

1. Injuries

Twenty-nine people were injured in an explosion in the Chelsea neighbourhood in Manhattan. One of those injured is in a serious condition, with most of the other injuries being minor cuts from the blast debris.

2. Explosion device

Initial reports said that explosion was caused by a gas leak, but it was discovered to be an explosive device inside a construction toolbox that was left outside a residence for the blind on West 23rd Street. A second explosive device was found nearby by law enforcement who said it was a pressure cooker attached to wiring and a mobile phone. The device was made safe and removed from the scene.

3. 'Intentional act'

The explosion was called “an intentional act” by New York mayor Bill de Blasio, but there is no apparent link to terrorism found so far.

4. Early reports

There’s believed to be no connection between this explosion and one that happened earlier in the day in the New Jersey town of Seaside Park. A pipe-bomb exploded near the site of a charity run for the US Marine Corps. No injuries were reported, and the FBI has begun an investigation.

5. Reaction

The White House said President Barack Obama has been told of the explosion and will be updated as additional information becomes available Hillary Clinton said she has been briefed "about the bombings in New York and New Jersey and the attack in Minnesota. The Democratic presidential candidate said the nation needs to support its first responders and "pray for the victims". She said: "We have to let this investigation unfold."

Her Republican rival Donald Trump declared a "bomb went off" in New York before officials had released details.

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