- A loud blast shook New York’s Chelsea neighborhood on September 17
- At least 25 people were injured in the explosion
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the blast appeared intentional
At least 25 people were injured in an explosion that shook New York’s Chelsea neighborhood around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, firefighters said.
“Twenty-five injuries to civilians confirmed at 133 W 23 St in Chelsea. None appear to be life-threatening at this time,” the Fire Department New York tweeted.
A witness described the explosion as “very forceful” that sent a “big cloud of black smoke” into the air as people ran from the scene. Another said a fireball shot into the air as a nearby building shook.
As mentioned in the USA Today, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said the explosion appeared to be intentional, but there was no evidence of a terror connection. He said during a press conference that “there is no credible and specific terror threat against New York at this point in time from any terror organization.”
“We believe at this point in time this was an intentional act. I want to assure all New Yorkers that the NYPD and agencies are at full alert,” he said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, however, would not rule out terrorism as a possible factor, but said it is too early to determine the exact cause of the explosion.
A White House official said that President Barack Obama has been apprised of the explosion and will be receiving updates on the situation as they become available.