NEW YORK, New York, US (sentinel.ht) – At least 26 people have been injured from an improvised explosive device (IED) originating from a pressure cooker at 135 West 23rd Street in Manhattan, the FDNY says.
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It happened around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. 24 of those injuries are minor, and one injury is being described as serious. No fatalities have been reported, and there is no word yet on what caused the possible explosion.
As a precaution, the NYPD bomb squad is searching area trash cans for any secondary devices.
Authorities responded to a pipe bomb that went off earlier in the morning this same day in New Jersey.
New York Mayor, Bill De Blasio arrived on the scene at about 10:15 p.m. with new NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and Fire Department Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. The mayor said the explosion was intentional but said it was not an act of terror.
President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were speaking to the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington D.C.. Obama was briefed about the explosion after he got off stage at about 10:00 p.m.
The Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump said during a stop in Colorado Springs, “I must tell you that just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows exactly what’s going on. But boy, we are living in a time – we better get very tough, folks. We better get very, very tough. 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.”