29 in­jured in New York City crowded district blast, sev­eral blocks closed

Mayor de­scribes it as “in­ten­tional” but said that there were no known links to ter­ror

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

At least 29 peo­ple have been in­jured in an ex­plo­sion in a crowded district of New York City.

The cause of the blast late on Satur­day in Chelsea re­mains un­clear. Mayor Bill de Bla­sio de­scribed it as “in­ten­tional” but said that there were no known links to ter­ror.

The force of the blast blew out win­dows and could be heard sev­eral blocks away. Another de­vice, re­port­edly a pres­sure cooker rigged with wires, was later found in the same district. None of the in­juries is life-threat­en­ing but one is se­ri­ous, New York’s fire com­mis­sioner said.

Most of those hurt suf­fered cuts and other mi­nor in­juries from glass and other de­bris. Wit­nesses said peo­ple ran in all di­rec­tions fol­low­ing the “in­cred­i­bly loud” blast.

Un­con­firmed re­ports said the blast went off in a dust­bin. Sev­eral blocks have been closed down by po­lice.

“The ini­tial in­di­ca­tion is this was an in­ten­tional act,” de Bla­sio said.

But he added: “We also want to be up­front say­ing that there is no ev­i­dence at this point of a ter­ror con­nec­tion to this in­ci­dent.”

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials said the de­vice found at the sec­ond Chelsea lo­ca­tion ap­peared to be a pres­sure cooker at­tached to wiring and a mo­bile phone. Po­lice said it had been re­moved safely.

Chelsea is among the most fash­ion­able dis­tricts of Man­hat­tan and its bars and restau­rants are usu­ally crowded at the week­end. Those in the area de­scribed be­ing rocked by the ex­plo­sion.

REUTERS

New York City Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cers ar­rive to keep watch near the site of an ex­plo­sion in the Chelsea neigh­bour­hood of Man­hat­tan, New York, yes­ter­day /

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