At 23rd and 6th, I used to work right in that block. This following the bombing in N.J. earlier today.
— Itay Cohai (@itaycohai) September 18, 2016
First reports bomb in trashcan, building collapse, many ambulances on scene, area is being evacuated…
— Based Mexican (@basedmex) September 18, 2016
Terrorism task force reportedly on the scene.
Fortunately, police are saying no life-threatening injuries at this point. Who tries to blow up a residence for the blind?
Via NY Post:
A dumpster blew up at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night in Chelsea, blowing out the lower windows of a 14-story residence for the blind.
At least 26 suffered minor injuries from what may have been an explosive device, police sources told The Post.
The explosion, described by one neighbor as “deafening,” happened outside the Associated Blind Housing facility at 135 W. 23rd Street. The facility provides housing, training and other services for the blind.
According to police radio transmissions, the people inside the facility have been initially told to remain inside as police began their investigation.
NYPD Counterrorism confirming the explosion and the photo we have above.
Unconfirmed report of second device at 27th Street.
More about second device.
Yet in the same breath:
Mayor confirms investigating possible second device.
— ABC News (@ABC) September 18, 2016
Video of explosion:
Video shows moment of IED Explosion at W 23 St & 6th Ave in Manhattan pic.twitter.com/O270bZWOzF
— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) September 18, 2016
— Conflict News (@Conflicts) September 18, 2016
Police using robot to check out second device. Report it was a pressure cooker.
NYPD using robot to inspect second device that was found near site of blast in Chelsea https://t.co/0iXCJbrVSC
— Salvador Hernandez (@SalHernandez) September 18, 2016
Second device reportedly had wires and cell phone attached.
Victims had metal shrapnel from explosion. Not clear if that’s from explosion or shrapnel in bomb. NJ had at least one device with shrapnel in it that didn’t go off in Seaside Park earlier today.