(NEW YORK) — An explosion in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood that injured at least 29 people appears to have been “an intentional act,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said, and a possible second device was located several blocks away.
The mayor said that although investigators believe it was intentional, there appeared to be no link to terrorism.
The cause of explosion has not been determined, said New York City police commissioner James O’Neill.
There is no credible threat to the safety of New Yorkers, the officials added.
The “large explosion” was reported shortly before 9 p.m. on 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues, according to police. Of the injuries, one is considered to be serious, said O’Neill.
Officials said the NYPD has video it is reviewing and De Blasio urged any witnesses or people who may have information to come forward.
Two law enforcement sources said the explosion occurred in a dumpster, and the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau tweeted a photo of a mangled dumpster, after tweeting that they were responding to an explosion at West 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue.
— NYPDCounterterrorism (@NYPDCT) September 18, 2016
The New York Police Department Bomb Squad was searching the area, checking garbage cans, for any other possible explosive devices.
The NYPD Special Operations Division tweeted at around 11 p.m. that a “possible secondary device” was located at 27th Street.
O’Neill said police are still “actively investigating” that scene.
— NYPD Special Ops (@NYPDSpecialops) September 18, 2016
The mayor said the Chelsea explosion has no apparent connection to the explosive device that detonated in Seaside Park, New Jersey, this morning. Nobody was injured in the New Jersey incident, which occurred at a time when a 5k run to benefit U.S. Marines and sailors was scheduled, but the race was delayed because so many runners had signed up.
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