Less than an hour after residents felt what seemed to be an explosion on 23rd Street and 6th Avenue in Chelsea, New York City, Donald Trump took the stage in Colorado and declared the incident to be the work of a "bomb." "We've got to get very tough," he went on to say, essentially using the explosion for political gain before the NYPD even had a chance to confirm with reporters on the scene whether the loud noise was an explosion, a building collapse, a gas leak, or something else. He was allegedly briefed on the explosion before getting off the plane in Colorado to make his speech. 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.
"I must tell you that, just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York and no-one knows exactly what's going on," he declared.
Reuters reported later on Wednesday that there were reports of multiple injuries. The injured were being taken to local hospitals via ambulance, according to Reuters. The New York Post has reported that at least 15 people are injured. Wall Street Journal reporter Pervaiz Shallwani wrote on Twitter that the alleged explosion came from a garbage can. No fatalities have been reported, and the explosion reportedly came from a Dumpster.
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To be clear: There has been no official confirmation of anything, aside from a loud noise and injuries in Chelsea.