After 'Intentional' NYC Blast, 2nd Device Recovered

Pressure cooker with wiring removed just blocks away
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 18, 2016 6:33 AM CDT
Passersby are redirected by police officers as the police block the street near the scene of an explosion on West 23rd Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, as they carry on an investigation...   (Andres Kudacki)
camera-icon View 13 more images

(Newser) – An explosion rocked a crowded Manhattan neighborhood and injured 29 people, and a suspicious device discovered blocks away was safely removed early Sunday. Mayor Bill de Blasio ruled out any terror connections but called the blast an "intentional act." De Blasio tried to calm any fears among nervous New Yorkers, saying the explosion wasn't related to a pipe bomb explosion earlier Saturday in New Jersey. "Now, I want to be clear: Whatever the cause, whatever the intention here, New Yorkers will not be intimidated," de Blasio said near the scene in Chelsea. He added that "injuries are significant," but not life-threatening, per the New York Times.

A law enforcement official told the AP that a second device officers investigated four blocks from the scene appeared to be a pressure cooker attached to wiring and a cellphone. The device was inside a plastic bag on West 27th Street; it was removed with a robot and taken to a department firing range in the Bronx. The official also said that the Chelsea explosion appeared to have come from a construction toolbox. Photos from the scene show a twisted and crumpled black metal box. Donald Trump moved ahead of New York City officials when he declared a "bomb went off" before they had released details, minutes after stepping off his plane in Colorado Springs, Colo. "I must tell you that just before I got off the plane a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows what's going on," Trump said. "We better get very tough, folks. ... It's a terrible thing that's going on in our world, in our country and we are going to get tough and smart and vigilant." (Read more New York City stories.)

My Take on This Story
Show results without voting  |