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SATURDAY EVENING / MANHATTAN, NY —  First responders arrived at 135 W. 23rd St. near Sixth Ave. at about 8:30 p.m to respond to reports of an explosion in the Chelsea area of Manhattan.   By 10pm, Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press conference to confirm that an explosion had rocked the neighborhood and injured at least 29 people.  He said the explosion appears to have been “an intentional act” — but not related to terrorism. He did not believe it had any connection to a pipe bomb that detonated earlier in the day in New Jersey.

Residents who live in the Chelsea area told reporters that the explosion felt like an earthquake.

The cause of the explosion has not been determined, said New York City police commissioner James O’Neill.

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-8-11-32-amBy 10:50 p.m., Fox News was reporting that a second device was located a few blocks away on 27th Street, between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue.  By 11:00 p.m. the NYPD Special Operations Division confirmed the device was a pressure cooker in a white plastic bag with tape, wiring and a cell phone or other electronic device.

Police said the device was to be detonated at the NYPD’s firing range in the Bronx. Police had earlier advised residents on the block where the device was found to stay away from windows facing 27th Street.

There were other suspicious packages and incidents in the area since the pressure cooker was discovered, but they were deemed not dangerous, police said.

Videos of the aftermath from the explosion can be watched below.  There is a also a video of the explosion itself, which was captured on a surveillance system.  That video can be watched by clicking here.


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