The Saturday night Manhattan bombing explosion which injured 29 individuals in New York City is being called “an intentional act” by Mayor Bill de Blasio in his remarks to reporters, and news is also emerging that a thousand extra national guard troops and state police are being deployed as there was a second “suspicious package,” with wiring attached to it discovered nearby the location of the first blast in a Chelsea neighborhood.
The YouTube video comes from the report by WCBD News 2.
People were of course taking to social media for the best news on the matter. After Mayor de Blasio said police were investigating “a second potential device” several blocks away, per multiple reports including the NPR account from Camila Domonoske, a New York Police Department spokesperson, J. Peter Donald, took to Twitter to inform others that a “suspicious package” was discovered and removed by the NYPD.
Police are of course looking at surveillance video near where the explosion occurred, and while they are hunting down more information on the Manhattan bombing explosion, per the CNN piece by Mallory Simon and Tim Hume, it appears that one law enforcement source confirmed the blast was caused by “an explosive device.”
Richard Quest, another CNN reporter, said that the Chelsea neighborhood is home to numerous restaurants, subway stations, shops, businesses and art galleries which would normally be “buzzing on a weekend night.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also took to tweeting news on Twitter, to keep people aware of developing news on the Manhattan bombing or explosion which took place Saturday night around 8:30 p.m. in Chelsea.
All 29 victims have been confirmed released from the hospital with no fatalities. We give thanks for that.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 18, 2016
The number of people injured in the crowded Saturday evening blast area, per the photographer remarks from AP Images, left “more than two dozen people injured,” which confirms what Governor Cuomo was reporting in his remarks regarding the Manhattan bombing explosion Saturday night.
With all the information, it does seem likely that the blast was the result of an intentional explosive device being set off by someone in Manhattan, and thus the description of the news given by New York businessman Donald Trump to media as “a bomb went off” was not wrong, despite the pushback from rival Hillary Clinton as reported in a post over at Fox News.
The area targeted for this blast was a neighborhood of wealthy people, per Quest, and it is also home to the most famous “fashion college” as well as being known for “its inclusion of the gay community.”
Update: the suspicious package on West 27th Street has safety removed by the NYPD for further analysis. @NYPDnews
— J. Peter Donald (@JPeterDonald) September 18, 2016
Authorities now believe “a homemade bomb caused the explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, injuring 29,” per the report from the NY Times. And the second device apparently was found “four blocks away.”
The Manhattan bombing explosion has set into motion the decision to deploy a thousand national guard troops and state troopers, per the report from Sky News, in order to “catch those behind a bomb attack in Manhattan.” Governor Cuomo of New York is also quoted in that story.
“We’re not going to let them win. We’re not going to let them instill fear.”
The report also goes on to describe the Manhattan explosion as a “bombing, which happened at about 8.30pm local time, [and] blew out the windows of nearby businesses and sent debris flying across the area.” The police used sniffer dogs to locate the second device nearby which had failed to detonate.
[Featured Image By Andres Kudacki/AP Images]