There are at least 26 people that were injured in the Manhattan explosion today. This is according to a report by ABC 7 New York. The explosion occurred at 135 West 23rd Street in Manhattan according to the report.
— Ray Strazdas (@raystrazdas) September 18, 2016
It has been said that the explosion happened around 8:30 pm Saturday. Of those 26 injuries, 25 were considered as minor. One was described as serious but there were no fatalities reported.
The traffic, both pedestrian and vehicular, was diverted because of the incident. West 23rd Street from 6th to 7th Avenue has been temporarily put on lock down. E and F trains are also currently bypassing 23rd Street in both directions because of the Manhattan explosion today.
One city official, in the report, has stated that it was pretty clear that the explosion came from a trash can of some sort. There wasn?t any indication that it was put their intentionally. You can see in tweet below a picture that one person took a picture of the blown up dumpster.
Huge explosion in Chelsea blew this dumpster … pic.twitter.com/1lSIGjRyC8
— Chris Duffy (@voicehalf) September 18, 2016
The explosion has also damaged property. In a report by New York Times, the blast shattered windows in a five-story brownstone building and sent debris into the street. The building is said to be between a church and an apartment under renovation. The explosion also blew out two back windows of two cars. An 8 year old in the back seat is reportedly to be injured because of the blast.
Explosion on 23rd and 6th. These two cars had back windows blown out while driving. 8 year old in back seat injured. pic.twitter.com/aKDra2LaIC
— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) September 18, 2016
Authorities are also investigating the incident. The New York Police Department bomb squad is in the area searching trash cans for secondary devices that might cause another explosion.
The Manhattan explosion today could be connected to the pipe bomb explosion in New Jersey in a charity 5K race event for the benefits of Marines and sailors.
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