New York, Sep 18 Twenty-nine persons were injured in an explosion in New York city on Saturday night, the incident the mayor said was not linked to terrorism but appeared to have been an "intentional act".
Dramatic video shows blast that injured 29 people in Manhattanhttps://t.co/FxyAiEip6A— Evening Standard (@standardnews) September 18, 2016
1.10 pm: Suspected pressure cooker bomb in New York brings back memories of the Boston bombings.
12.45 pm: Pressure cooker had wires hanging out of it, black electrical insulation tape over what looked like a cellphone.
Traffic alert regarding the explosion in Chelsea, Manhattan pic.twitter.com/IiqpPjWz1t— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) September 18, 2016
12.15 pm: Dozens of world leaders are gathering in New York this week for the 71st UN General Assembly starting Monday (Sept. 19-26).
11.54 am: UPDATE: The suspicious device on West 27 Street in Chelsea has been safely removed by the NYPD Bomb Squad.(Source NYPD News)
11.30 am: "There is no evidence at this point of a terror connection to this incident," Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters at a press conference, stressing that the investigation was in its early stages.
"The initial indication is this was an intentional act," he added.
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
11.13 am: Donald Trump tells crowd that a "bomb went off" in New York amid reports of "explosion" in #Chelsea (Source CBS News).
The explosion on West 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in the neighbourhood of Chelsea was reported at around 9 p.m., NBC News reported.
Investigators found a "possible secondary device" a few blocks away at 27th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, the New York Police Department (NYPD) tweeted late Saturday night.
Sources told NBC New York that investigators at the second location were examining what appeared to be a pressure cooker left out on the sidewalk on 27th Street.
It has not been confirmed that the object is an explosive device. The bomb squad was investigating.
The NYPD said the blast in Chelsea appeared to come from inside a large trash bin, and photos on social media appeared to show a bin mangled in the explosion, but Commissioner James O'Neill said the explosion was believed to have occurred on the street.
The exact nature and cause of the blast has not been determined, O'Neill said, adding the explosion was captured on video.
"We do have video, and we see the explosion. No arrests were made," he added.