New Video Footage Of The Chelsea, New York Explosion Shows A Frightening Scene
An explosion shook the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City on Saturday night, injuring at least 29 people according to ABC, and causing startled pedestrians to run down the sidewalk in fear. Many bystanders immediately took to social media to tweet about what they experienced, and now a new video of the Chelsea explosion that appears to be showing the moments leading up to and following the scary blast is making rounds on the internet.
The explosion reportedly occurred at 1535 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues at around 8:30 p.m., New York City CW affiliate PIX11 reported Saturday night after the FDNY confirmed an explosion took place. More details are still coming to light in the aftermath of the event, but Mayor Bill De Blasio said in a statement that the explosion, while apparently an "intentional act," did not appear to be terrorism. None of the injuries it caused have been reported as life-threatening.
While it's still unknown what caused the blast, ABC reports that law enforcement officials say the explosion happened in a dumpster. A 45-second video compilation appears to show what happened seconds before and after, though the events have not been confirmed by officials. Around the 15-second mark, a bright flash of light can be seen going off, followed by footage of people running down the street. Around the 37-second mark, a different camera seems to capture the explosion from another angle. Again, you can see a bright flash followed by pedestrians running by on the sidewalk.
Other video footage was also released on Saturday night that seems to show the moments surrounding the explosion. In this 45-second clip, which focuses largely on what looks to be the sidewalk running along 23rd Street, you can once again see a bright flash of light, this time around the 30-second mark.
While these videos are scary, it's important to keep in mind that the explosion is still being investigated, and the cause behind it is still unclear.