Saturday, September 17, 2016

Police do not rule out Terrorisim in explosion in New York City ...25 injured

At least 25 people were injured after an explosion in Manhattan Saturday night, emergency workers confirmed to Fox News as police evacuated the area.
The blast was heard on West 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in the city's Chelsea neighborhood. Police counterterrorism officers, a bomb squad and firefighters rushed to the scene. Sources tell Fox News investigators have not ruled out terrorism as a possible factor but that it was too early to determine the exact cause. 
The explosion shattered windows at a nearby home for the blind, The New York Post added.
All of the injured were expected to survive, the FDNY reported. The blast may have originated in a garbage can which was found mangled, investigators said.
A witness described the explosion as "very forceful," telling Fox News it 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. Witnesses said they did not smell gas beforehand.
"Louder than any thunder I've ever heard in my life. Like the sky exploded. Shook the building" NYC explosion
A National Guard member near the scene told Fox News the explosion was so loud that he put on his uniform and raced to the area.
Witnesses say FBI and Homeland Security officials are also at the scene. Crews were evacuating at least two buildings, the Post added.
Earlier Saturday, a planned charity run for Marines and sailors was canceled after a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, a 90-minute drive south of New York City.
Police blocked off nearby streets as the investigation continued.

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