On the heels of a bomb being detonated at a Marine Corps race in New Jersey this morning, and a Muslim man attacking New York police with a meat cleaver, a massive explosion has rocked Chelsea, Manhattan.
The explosion in Chelsea occurred when a device that was placed in a dumpster went off. The bomb that exploded at the Marine Corps event was also inside of a garbage receptacle.
The area where the bomb went off, 135 23rd St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues, has many restaurants and bars, and is very busy at this time of night. PIX News 11 is reporting that 29 people were injured in the blast.
A bystander captured video of the explosion.
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A second explosive device has been found, NYPD Special Ops is reporting.
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According to New York Daily News, the explosion also blew out the windows of the Associated Blind Housing facility on W. 23rd street. The blast also damaged cars in the area.
All of the victims have been transported to local hospitals. The New York Fire Department has said that none of those wounded have life threatening injuries.
Ryan McMillen who is a history professor at Mercy College said that “Everybody started running and screaming. It was some sort of a bomb. It wasn’t a car backfiring.”
Fredricke M. Farrell, a resident of the area told PIX News that, “It was loud. It was very loud. I was on 21st street and the blast sounded like it was right next door.”
Yemi Osibogun, a resident of the Bronx, was eating at a sushi restaurant when the bomb went off. “I was eating dinner and felt the vibrations of the blast. My plate actually shook.”
The NYPD has closed off traffic in the area.
Subway service has been stopped on multiple lines.
Social media users uploaded videos of the aftermath.
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The New York Counter Terrorism task force is investigating.
This is a developing story.