Explosion rocks Manhattan neighborhood

By Simon Webb

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An explosion rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring at least 29 people, authorities said, adding that they are investigating the blast as a criminal act not immediately linked to any terror organization.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said early indications were that blast was intentional. He said the site of the explosion, outside on a major thoroughfare of a fashionable enclave in one of the most bustling areas of New York City, was being treated as a crime scene.

But he said there was no evidence of a “credible and specific threat” to the city. “We do not see a link to terrorism,” he added.


“It is too early to determine what the incident was caused by. We believe it was intentional. A full investigation is under way.”

A law enforcement source said an initial investigation suggested the explosion occurred in a dumpster but the cause was still undetermined. The head of the New York Police Department’s special operations division said on Twitter that a “possible secondary device has been located” in the same general area.

CNN reported that law enforcement sources believe an improvised explosive device caused the blast.


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(Reporting by Simon Webb in New York; Additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles, Angela Moon in New York and Mark Hosenball in Washington; Writing by Frank McGurty; Editing by Mary Milliken and Paul Simao)