Photos & Videos Of The New York Explosion Are Frightening Its Residents
On Saturday evening, an explosion shook the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. The cause of the explosion is thus far unknown; authorities have called for a number of ambulances and fire trucks, according to Tweets from people at the scene, and it appears to have originated from a Dumpster. The FDNY confirmed to local news channel ABC7 that it was on the scene. The department also confirmed to outlets on the scene, including BuzzFeed, that there were injuries. Update: ABC noted later Saturday night that roughly 25 people had been injured, but all injuries were minor. Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement that the explosion appeared to be "intentional," but not terrorism.
Reuters reported that an explosive device had left a number of people injured. These people were reportedly being transported to local hospitals. No fatalities have been reported. Wall Street Journal reporter Pervaiz Shallwani wrote on Twitter that the alleged explosion came from a garbage can.
The explosion took place six days after the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, which is understandably worrying for local residents of Chelsea. However, many individuals who live in the area are telling others on Twitter not to panic, and stressing that the scene is relatively calm.
ABC reports that Obama has been informed of the explosion.
Facebook has turned on its Safety Check feature.
Donald Trump took the stage in Colorado just minutes after the explosion to declare the explosion a "bomb."