On Saturday evening, a loud explosion shook the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea at the cross-streets of 23th Street and 6th Avenue. The FYDY quickly reached the scene, and roughly 25 people suffered minor injuries, according to ABC. Those injuries were not life-threatening, a NYPD source told BuzzFeed; some of the injured were taken via ambulance to local hospitals. Given the explosion took place six days after the Sept. 11 anniversary and on the same day as a New Jersey pipe bomb explosion, many are wondering what caused the explosion in Chelsea. Update: Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement that the explosion appeared to be "intentional," but not terrorism.
As of late Saturday night, authorities were still combing the scene, but preliminary reports indicate that the explosion originated in a Dumpster in a neighborhood. Earlier Saturday, a pipe bomb exploded in a trash can in New Jersey; it was apparently designed to explode during a local 5k race. There is no evidence that the two incidents are connected, and no fatalities are reported in either.
Meanwhile, the president — who has been briefed on the matter, according to ABC — stumped for Hillary Clinton, telling potential voters that the best way to carry on his legacy would be to vote in November. Donald Trump, however, was briefed on the situation before getting off a plane in Colorado, and told the assembled crowds that the explosion had been a "bomb." He also used the opportunity to note that he was going to be "tough" on terrorism. (There is no evidence that the explosion was connected to any terrorist groups.)
"The president has been apprised of the explosion in New York City, the cause of which remains under investigation," the White House said in a statement.