The New York City Chelsea explosion has everyone on edge as the Emmy Awards get underway, even though the Emmy Awards tonight are happening on the other side of the continent from Chelsea. According to the BBC, the explosion and “bomb attack in New York City was a terrorist act,” but officials aren’t sure yet who set off the explosion in Chelsea, and why. With a huge event like the Emmys taking place the day after the bomb explosion injured 29 people in Chelsea, and no answers yet about the reasons for the attack, the LAPD cops say they can’t be too careful.
They’re revving up for super tight security and “increasing its uniformed presence at Sunday’s Emmy Awards.” The Mayor of NYC, Bill de Blasio, spoke to reporters shortly after the bomb explosion to bring New Yorkers up-to-date, and admitted that law enforcement had no answers yet as to who did it.
“Was it a political motivation? A personal motivation? We do not know.”
After the New York City explosion Saturday night in the city’s Chelsea district, which as “one of the most fashionable districts of Manhattan” is crowded and busy on the weekends, another device was found only four blocks away from the explosion which “rocked Chelsea Saturday night.” ABC News posted a surveillance video that shows the moment of the New York City explosion, and it’s scary!
There’s still a possibility that somewhere in Chelsea or nearby, there could be more of the simple, homemade bombs like the second explosive which the New York Post described as “reportedly a pressure cooker attached to wiring and a mobile phone.” TMZ reports that in light of the two bombs found in NYC, the “LAPD brass contacted its rank and file and told them to be on stand by.”
Police aren’t saying much about the Chelsea explosion, but they want to be ready at the Emmy Awards tonight even if it turns out there isn’t a “credible threat.”
So far, it looks like they’re in the clear, and “no credible threat exists,” but LAPD is adding to Emmy Awards security just in case. They’d already set up “a massive ring of security around the venue,” but under the circumstances, they’ve gone all out with a beefed up “visible presence with more uniformed officers.” Having more cops around might just be what it takes to stop someone who was planning on “doing harm before, during or after the ceremony.”
“In addition to beat cops… there will be SWAT teams, bomb sniffing dogs and there’s a federal law enforcement presence.”
With so many stars and fans gathered together at the Microsoft Theatre to see who will be the Emmy Awards 2016 winners, it’s no wonder organizers and cops are worried about safety. On Saturday, another attack occurred, this time in Minnesota, and according to CNN, the St. Cloud Mall stabbing and shooting has security forces across the country on high alert.
E! Online writes that the Emmy Awards 2016 “are already off to a busy start,” and some of the winners like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have nabbed trophies. That means this is not the time for security to be taking it easy when host Jimmy Kimmel and cast members from hit shows like Game of Thrones, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and Modern Family are about to be walking the red carpet at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
Back in NYC at the scene of the Chelsea bomb explosion, the state governor, Andrew Cuomo, was very clear that bomb explosions won’t stop New Yorkers from living their lives freely.
“We will not allow these type of people and these type of threats to disrupt our life in New York. This is freedom. This is democracy, and we are not going to allow them to take that from us. They want to instil terror. They want to make you worry about going into New York. We’re not going to let them instil fear.”
The Emmy Awards 2016 are going ahead as planned, without letting fear of the Chelsea explosion or the St. Cloud Mall shooting stop the celebrations.
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