Explosion in New York City: What we know now

Police and firefighters are at the scene of a possible explosion in New York City, and authorities say at least 25 people suffered minor injuries. (Sept. 17) AP

A powerful explosion from a explosive device injured at least 29 people in New York's popular Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday night.

What happened? 

The explosion came just after 8:30 p.m. ET at 133 W. 23rd St., between Sixth and Seventh Avenue in a neighborhood known for its vibrant nightlife. City officials said police located the explosive device in the street next to a trash bin. The explosion was so powerful it blew out the windows in a nearby building. The city's fire department said none of the victims had life-threatening injuries, but witnesses reported seeing victims cut by shrapnel, metal fragments and glass.

After an initial news conference, a second device believed to be a pressure cooker was found on West 27th Street, four blocks from the initial blast on West 23rd, according to New York Police Department. The NYPD tweeted at about 2:24 a.m. ET Sunday that, the "suspicious device on West 27 Street" had been safely removed by the bomb squad.

PHOTOS | Explosion in New York's Chelsea neighborhood

What caused it?

New York Police Commission James O'Neill said the cause of the explosion remains unknown, but police quickly ruled out natural gas as the culprit. NYPD counterterrorism squad and investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the FBI responded to the scene.

Was it a terror attack?

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident an "intentional" act, but said the city had received "no specific and credible threat" from any terror organization. In a Sunday news conference, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also reiterated that no international terrorist group claimed the attack, but did call it an act of terror. 

"They want us to be afraid," he said. "But we're not going to let them win."

De Blasio and Cuomo also said investigators have so far found no connection to an incident earlier Saturday in Seaside Heights, N.J., in which a pipe bomb exploded near a Marine charity run, de Blasio said. In that instance the device was placed in a garbage can. No injuries were reported.


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