It seems to be a terror Saturday for the US as reports are emerging from New York City that a bomb blast in the Chelsea neighborhood has injured at least 26 people.
Well just got an update that the explosion in New York City was accidentally caused by construction explosives and may not be a terror attack at all. Having said that, we will have to still wait for more details to come out of New York City regarding this dumpster explosion.
Another update that has just come in is that a terror attack has not been ruled out yet as the authorities have stumbled across improvised devices that may have triggered the blast.
This is a developing story with more details coming out while security forces including police counterterrorism officers along with a bomb squad and firefighters have been deployed to the area for their investigational and rescue operations.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 17: Police, firefighters and emergency workers deployed at the scene of a bomb blast in Manhattan on September 17, 2016 in New York City. The explosion took place around 8:40 PM at 23rd street in the popular Chelsea neighborhood which injured over 26 people and is being investigated. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
The FBI and Homeland Security officials have also joined the investigation at the New York City explosion site.
Again, like in the morning incident at Seaside Park in New Jersey, here in Chelsea as well there are no reports of any casualties. The injuries too are believed to be minor and not life threatening.
The explosion is reported to have taken place in a dumpster around 8:40-9:00 PM between Sixth and Seventh avenues of Manhattan on 23rd Street.
Again this explosion bears similarities with the Seaside Park explosion which took place in a garbage can.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 17: Police, firefighters and emergency workers gather at the scene of an explosion in Manhattan on September 17, 2016 in New York City. The evening explosion at 23rd street in the popular Chelsea neighborhood injured over a dozen people and is being investigated. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Meanwhile two buildings are being evacuated while police have cordoned off the nearby streets to continue their investigations.
The New York City Police are thoroughly checking for other possible explosive devices while leaving no garbage cans unchecked.
President Obama has been kept in the loop about the latest developments and a statement is expected to come from the White House clarifying about this incident and perhaps about the garbage can explosion this morning at Seaside Park.