News Update: Two explosions rock US cities within hours, 29 injured

There has been an explosion at the Chelsea district of Manhattan, New York, injuring 29 people, one seriously.

 

 

Thousands of people were milling about one of Manhattan’s most fashionable areas when the blast ripped through the area shortly after 8.30pm local time.

 

 

It is understood to have originated from a device placed in a skip outside the Associated Blind Housing facility at 135 W. 23rd Street.

 

 

A second device was found four blocks away on West 27th Street and according to several local news sources it was a pressure cooker attached to a mobile phone by tape with protruding wires.

 

 

 

People living on West 27th Street were instructed to stay away from their windows while the device was investigated.

 

 

 

Police combed, aided by sniffer dogs, combed rubbish bins to ensure there were no other devices.

 

 

 

Earlier in the day, there was an explosion at Seaside Park, New Jersey –  83 miles away – which was timed to disrupt a Marine Corps charity run.

 

 

 

 Meanwhile, New York’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio, said the blast in Chelsea was an “intentional act” but he insisted that there was no credible terrorist threat to the city and said there was no link with the New Jersey explosion.

 

 

 

The Joint Terrorism Task Force has been called in to investigate the Chelsea blasts well as the New Jersey incident.

 

 

 

Most of those injured suffered cuts and scrapes, according to Daniel Nigro, New York City’s fire commissioner. But one of those hurt was reported to be critically ill.

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