Ex­plo­sion rocks the Big Ap­ple

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A DE­LIB­ER­ATE ex­plo­sion rocked one of the most fash­ion­able neigh­bour­hoods of New York, in­jur­ing 29 peo­ple a week af­ter Amer­ica’s fi­nan­cial cap­i­tal marked the 15th an­niver­sary of the 9/11 at­tacks.

The blast oc­curred in Chelsea at around 8:30pm on Septem­ber 17, at a typ­i­cally bustling time of the week­end in an area packed with bars, restau­rants and lux­ury apart­ments.

Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said there was no known link to ter­ror at this stage, al­beit as po­lice in­ves­ti­gated 27th Street for a re­ported sec­ondary de­vice, scram­bling to re­as­sure the city’s 8.4 mil­lion res­i­dents.

The ex­plo­sion comes two days be­fore world lead­ers led by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama gather in New York for the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly, a time when Man­hat­tan grinds to a stand­still un­der tight se­cu­rity mea­sures.

AFP re­porters saw a mas­sive po­lice pres­ence at the crime scene, where they were joined by FBI and coun­tert­er­ror­ism squads, as po­lice he­li­copters cir­cled over­head and sirens wailed.

Of the 29 peo­ple who sus­tained in­juries, 24 were taken to hospi­tal with var­i­ous de­grees of scrapes and abra­sions from glass and metal, said Fire Depart­ment com­mis­sioner Daniel Ni­gro.

Wit­nesses liv­ing three blocks away told AFP they heard a large boom from their fifth-floor apart­ment, fol­lowed by quiet, then the sound of sirens.

A pho­to­graph shared by New York’s lo­cal NY1 tele­vi­sion sta­tion showed shat­tered glass in a door­way, ap­par­ently caused by the blast. CNN and ABC tele­vi­sion said an ap­par­ent pres­sure cooker de­vice was also found at 27th Street.

Public of­fi­cials were tight-lipped on the cause of the blast, say­ing it was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion but con­firmed that it was a planned blast and not a gas leak.

Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump jumped the gun on the news re­ports by say­ing that “a bomb went off in New York”.

“We bet­ter get very tough, folks, we bet­ter get very, very tough,” the New York bil­lion­aire said.

His Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary ClinISRAEL’S

ton im­me­di­ately took swipe at her op­po­nent say­ing “it’s al­ways wiser to wait un­til you have in­for­ma­tion be­fore mak­ing con­clu­sions”.

Mr de Bla­sio said in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve there was “no spe­cific con­nec­tion” to a pipe bomb ex­plo­sion hours ear­lier in a trash can in New Jersey.

The New Jersey blast oc­curred dur­ing a Marine Corps char­ity run. It caused no in­juries but forced of­fi­cials to can­cel the event.

There were up to four timed ex­plo­sives but only one det­o­nated, Al Della Fave, a spokesper­son for the Ocean County prose­cu­tor, told CNN.

The mayor said the city’s anti-ter­ror units and na­tional se­cu­rity agen­cies were on full alert. –

A fire truck is parked near the site of an York’s up­scale and bustling Chelsea neig

Photo: AFP

ex­plo­sion on West 23rd Street in New York on Septem­ber 17. The blast in New hbor­hood in­jured at least 29 peo­ple, the fire depart­ment said.

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