Updates On The New York Explosion Show How Much Deadlier It Could Have Been
A bomb rocked midtown Manhattan late Saturday night, sending the city of New York and the national media into a frenzy to find out what happened. Updates on the Chelsea, New York, explosion will continue to come in, so stay tuned for more information. Thus far, authorities from various law enforcement agencies have confirmed that the bombing was intentional, but that it has not been connected to any foreign terrorism. No deaths have been reported, though one injury was categorized as serious by the NYPD.
Around 8:30 p.m., pedestrians reportedly heard and felt the blast several blocks away from where the bomb detonated at 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue. "[The sound was] like fireworks in terms of bass and volume, but only one large boom and definitely low to the ground," one witness told The Gothamist. The explosion, which was later determined to be caused by a pressure bomb, was initially uncategorized as investigators arrived at the scene.
Not long after, around 9:10 pm., Donald Trump publicly referred to the explosion as a bomb. The presidential candidate spoke at a rally in Colorado, and referred to the explosion as a bombing before that information has been confirmed by investigators. "Just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows exactly what's going on," Trump said at the rally.
Here's what happened after that.
10:13 p.m. — A second bomb is found on W. 27th Street.
The second device was structurally similar to the first, using a pressure cooker, wires, and a cell phone. The bomb is removed without exploding, and taken to a firing range in the Bronx.
11:20 p.m. — New York City mayor Bill de Blasio confirms 29 injuries, and denies a further threat to the city.
"There is no specific and credible threat against NYC," said de Blasio. "Whatever the cause, whatever the intention, New Yorkers will not be intimidated." The mayor also stated that the bombing did not appear to have a connection to the pipe bomb in Seaside Park, New Jersey, which exploded early the same day.
Approximately 11:45 p.m. — Hillary Clinton addresses the explosion and Trump's statement in a press gaggle.
"We need to do everything we can to support our first responders; also to pray for the victims. We have to let the investigation unfold. We've been in touch with various officials, including the mayor's office in New York, to learn what they are discovering as they conduct this investigation, and I'll have more to say about it when we have the facts," Clinton told reporters just before midnight on Saturday. Clinton is later criticized by online commenters for appearing tired.
9:26 a.m. — Governor Andrew Cuomo calls the bombing "intentional," but states that there is no link to foreign terrorism as of yet.
"At this time, there is no evidence of an international terrorism connection, but it is very, very early in the investigation," Cuomo said during the press conference.
11:44 a.m. — Police are still searching for a motive and suspects, and urge citizens to call in with any tips.
4:20 pm. — Clinton releases an official statement concerning the attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota.
The statement expresses support for investigators and summarizes Clinton's campaign plan to combat terrorism.
Around 8:20 p.m. — Investigators say they have video of a man at both locations.
According to CNN, surveillance video shows a man dragging a duffel bag on West 23rd Street and then again on West 27th Street, the two locations the pressure cooker devices were found. Two men are later seen removing what investigators believe is the pressure cooker from the bag. Their relationship has not been determined.