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USA: New York explosion was ’intentional act,’

Sunday 18 September 2016, by siawi3

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/17/us/new-york-explosion/

New York explosion that injured 29 was ’intentional act,’ mayor says

By Mallory Simon and Tim Hume, CNN

Updated 0924 GMT (1724 HKT) September 18, 2016

Firefighters arrive at the scene of an apparent explosion in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, in New York, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood appears to have come from a construction toolbox in front of a building. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to speak about an ongoing investigation. Police say 26 people have sustained minor injuries in the explosion on West 23rd Street. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

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Firefighters arrive at the scene of an apparent explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, in New York, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood appears to have come from a construction toolbox in front of a building. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak about an ongoing investigation. Police say 26 people have sustained minor injuries in the explosion on West 23rd Street. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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29 people injured, police commissioner says
Indications are this was an intentional act, New York City mayor says

New York (CNN)Police are hunting for answers as to what caused an explosion that injured 29 people in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood Saturday night, shortly before a second suspicious device was found nearby.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters early indications are that the explosion at 23rd Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan at about 8.30 p.m. Saturday "was an intentional act."

But, he said, "there’s no specific and credible threat against New York City at this time from any terror organization."
Investigators believe the blast was caused by an explosive device in or near a dumpster, a law enforcement source told CNN.
They are looking at surveillance video that appears to show a person near where the explosion occurred, in an attempt to determine if that individual is connected to the blast.
Police have increased security across New York’s five boroughs as a precaution, a law enforcement source told CNN.
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Suspicious device found nearby
Just blocks away from the explosion, a suspicious device was found at 27th Street, according to multiple local and federal law enforcement officials.
A device at a second location in Chelsea appears to be a pressure cooker, according to multiple local and federal law enforcement officials.
A device at a second location in Chelsea appears to be a pressure cooker, according to multiple local and federal law enforcement officials.
The object was a pressure cooker with dark colored wiring protruding, connected by silver duct tape to what appears to be a cellphone, officials said. A piece of paper with writing on it was found nearby.
None of the officials would say at this point what was inside the pressure cooker, which has since been removed from the scene.
Pressure cookers were used as explosive devices in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260 in 2013.
Police officers and federal agents were scouring the streets with flashlights, robots and dogs early Sunday to ensure there were no other devices in the area. Attention focused on another object in the area, but it turned out to be trash.
Two New York Police emergency service heavy weapons units are seen near the scene.
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Two New York Police emergency service heavy weapons units are seen near the scene.
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New York City Police at the scene of the explosion.
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A bomb squad vehicle arrives near the scene of an explosion.
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A street is blocked off near the scene.
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Police and firefighters gather near the scene.
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A crowd gathers near the scene.
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A line of emergency vehicles arrives near the scene of the explosion.
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A group of onlookers gathers on the street near the scene.
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The scene of the explosion in New York's Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday, September 17. The New York police commissioner said 29 people were injured.
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The scene of the explosion in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday, September 17. The New York police commissioner said 29 people were injured.
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NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau tweeted this image showing the aftermath of a dumpster following the explosion in Chelsea.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, and NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill, center right, speak during a press conference near the scene.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, and NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill, center right, speak during a press conference near the scene.
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Police block off road near the site of the explosion on West 23rd Street. The preliminary belief of investigators is that the blast was caused by an explosive device in or near a dumpster, a law enforcement source told CNN. The source stressed this is preliminary and is not conclusive.
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Police block off road near the site of the explosion on West 23rd Street. The preliminary belief of investigators is that the blast was caused by an explosive device in or near a dumpster, a law enforcement source told CNN. The source stressed this is preliminary and is not conclusive.
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A device at a second location in Chelsea appears to be a pressure cooker with dark colored wiring coming out of the top center of the device. The device, mentioned earlier by police, is connected by silver duct tape to a small dark colored device attached to the outside of the pressure cooker, according to multiple local and federal law enforcement officials.
Photos: Explosion in Manhattan
A device at a second location in Chelsea appears to be a pressure cooker with dark colored wiring coming out of the top center of the device. The device, mentioned earlier by police, is connected by silver duct tape to a small dark colored device attached to the outside of the pressure cooker, according to multiple local and federal law enforcement officials.
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Firefighters and emergency workers gather at the scene. Officials are still trying to assess what caused explosion, a source said
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Firefighters and emergency workers gather at the scene. Officials are still trying to assess what caused explosion, a source said
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Police officers and firefighters respond at the scene. Gas has been ruled out as the cause of the explosion, a law enforcement source said.
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Police officers and firefighters respond at the scene. Gas has been ruled out as the cause of the explosion, a law enforcement source said.
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A New York police emergency services officer and his dog check a garbage can close to the scene of an explosion.
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A New York police emergency services officer and his dog check a garbage can close to the scene of an explosion.
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Two New York Police emergency service heavy weapons units are seen near the scene.
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Two New York Police emergency service heavy weapons units are seen near the scene.
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New York City Police at the scene of the explosion.
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New York City Police at the scene of the explosion.
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A bomb squad vehicle arrives near the scene of an explosion.
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A street is blocked off near the scene.
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Police and firefighters gather near the scene.
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A crowd gathers near the scene.
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A line of emergency vehicles arrives near the scene of the explosion.
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A line of emergency vehicles arrives near the scene of the explosion.
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A group of onlookers gathers on the street near the scene.
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The scene of the explosion in New York's Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday, September 17. The New York police commissioner said 29 people were injured.
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The scene of the explosion in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday, September 17. The New York police commissioner said 29 people were injured.
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NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau tweeted this image showing the aftermath of a dumpster following the explosion in Chelsea.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, and NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill, center right, speak during a press conference near the scene.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, and NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill, center right, speak during a press conference near the scene.
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Police block off road near the site of the explosion on West 23rd Street. The preliminary belief of investigators is that the blast was caused by an explosive device in or near a dumpster, a law enforcement source told CNN. The source stressed this is preliminary and is not conclusive.
Photos: Explosion in Manhattan
Police block off road near the site of the explosion on West 23rd Street. The preliminary belief of investigators is that the blast was caused by an explosive device in or near a dumpster, a law enforcement source told CNN. The source stressed this is preliminary and is not conclusive.
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A device at a second location in Chelsea appears to be a pressure cooker with dark colored wiring coming out of the top center of the device. The device, mentioned earlier by police, is connected by silver duct tape to a small dark colored device attached to the outside of the pressure cooker, according to multiple local and federal law enforcement officials.
Photos: Explosion in Manhattan
A device at a second location in Chelsea appears to be a pressure cooker with dark colored wiring coming out of the top center of the device. The device, mentioned earlier by police, is connected by silver duct tape to a small dark colored device attached to the outside of the pressure cooker, according to multiple local and federal law enforcement officials.
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Firefighters and emergency workers gather at the scene. Officials are still trying to assess what caused explosion, a source said
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Police officers and firefighters respond at the scene. Gas has been ruled out as the cause of the explosion, a law enforcement source said.
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Police officers and firefighters respond at the scene. Gas has been ruled out as the cause of the explosion, a law enforcement source said.
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A New York police emergency services officer and his dog check a garbage can close to the scene of an explosion.
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De Blasio says they also believe there is no specific connection to an earlier incident in New Jersey, where an explosion went off in a garbage can on the route of a Marine Corps charity run.
’I just blacked out’
Twenty-nine people were injured in the explosion, one of them critically, officials say.
Among the injured were David Martinez and Brenda Abero, who spoke to CNN after they were discharged from New York’s Bellevue Hospital. Both said they were lucky to be alive.
Martinez said the couple were driving through Chelsea when their car was lifted up by the force of the blast, damaging the left side of the vehicle.
"I was driving a car and next thing you know I felt an explosion," he said.
"I just blacked out, next thing I know I’m in an ambulance."
Martinez, who suffered injuries to his head and leg, was feeling "pain, a little traumatized," he said. "Thought I was close to not seeing my son again, that was the scariest part."
Abero, who is pregnant, said her baby was uninjured.
Ambulances arriving at some local hospitals were being checked by armed guards.
How it all unfolded
Surveillance video shows impact from the explosion.
Surveillance video shows impact from the explosion.
Surveillance video from the explosion in Chelsea shows windows shattered with terrified people running on the streets and ducking. The video, which shows angles from inside and outside Orangetheory Fitness in Chelsea, shows a screen laying outside on the street after the explosion and what appears to be papers flying in the air.
Danilo Gabrielli, a 50-year-old Chelsea resident, was watching TV at his 23rd street apartment about a block away from the explosion site when he heard the blast.
"It was a huge explosion. It shook the entire apartment building," he said. He and others went to see what had happened: "People from my building and I were literally the first people there."
The scene, he said, was "very chaotic."
"We smelled something, like an intense sulfur smell, and saw smoke coming out of this building. I saw pieces of metal — not large, but not small either. A few friends of mine saw glass there."
Gabrielli says "the entire neighborhood is real scared."
"It’s a real quiet neighborhood — not like the center of the city or the Wall Street area. It’s tiny bars, where you go to grab a drink, grab a bite to eat, watch a film. We were worried."
An eyewitness told CNN affiliate NY1 he was having dinner when the explosion rocked the area.
Witness: Felt like a lightning bolt struck the building

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"[I] felt a loud explosion and I felt like a lightning bolt struck the building. It, like, shook the ground," he told NY1. "Everybody ran out of the restaurant into the street. The whole city was in the street."
Some social media users said the sound of the explosion was heard as far away as Hoboken, New Jersey, across the Hudson River from Chelsea.
Busy nightlife area
Chelsea is packed with restaurants, subway stations, shops, businesses and art galleries and normally buzzing on a weekend night. 23rd street, where the explosion occurred, is in the heart of Chelsea, CNN’s Richard Quest explains.
It is not as bohemian as many have thought in previous times, Quest says. He notes Chelsea is one of the most expensive areas in the city now because of wealthy people moving to the area.
Chelsea is also still very much regarded and known for its inclusion of the gay community and the gay bars in the area, Quest says. He notes one of the most famous fashion colleges, FIT, is just blocks away.

CNN’s Joe Sutton, Richard Quest, Rachel Crane, Jean Casarez, Max Blau, Steve Visser, Shimon Prokupecz, Sonia Moghe and Evan Perez contributed to this story.

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Source: http://nypost.com/2016/09/17/explosion-rocks-chelsea-in-new-york-city/

Dumpster bomb rocks Chelsea, injuring 29; second device found nearby

By Larry Celona, Tom Wilson and Shawn Cohen

September 17, 2016 | 9:18pm | Updated
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A “deafening’’ explosion rocked Chelsea Saturday night, injuring 29 people, blowing out scores of windows and forcing the evacuation of at least two buildings.

The blast went off in a 4-by-4-by-3-foot construction Dumpster outside the Townhouse Inn of Chelsea at 131 W. 23d St.

Mayor de Blasio called the explosion an “intentional act,’’ but not believed to be connected to terrorism.

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But tensions only rose when, three hours after the blast, a second device was found four blocks away — a pressure cooker that an early investigation found was likely also a bomb.

“The bomb squad believes it’s real,” a police source with knowledge of the investigation told The Post of that second device, found at 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues. The cooker was safely removed from the scene by NYPD.

The strength of the W. 23rd St. blast sent the Dumpster flying from the north side of the street to the south sidewalk, and it landed without hitting anyone or anything, police sources told The Post.

One of the injuries “may be considered serious,” de Blasio said. That victim suffered a puncture wound. The vast majority of those injured, however, suffered scrapes and abrasions from flying debris.

“Thankfully, none of these are life-threatening injuries,” said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.