Sunday, 18 September 2016

Photos: New York explosion leaves dozen injured as police investigate second 'pressure cooker' device

New York City firefighters stand near the site of an explosion

A loud explosion has shaken New York City, leaving 29 people injured in what police believe was an intentional act.

The cause of the explosion is still being investigated by police but terrorism has been ruled out.

Injured people were seen being taken away from the apparent scene of the blast in ambulances, one victim was said to be in a 'serious' condition, however the other injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

A car seen driving through the area had its rear window blown out.
New York City police and firefighters stand near the site of an explosion

The city's mayor Bill de Blasio has said early indications suggest the explosion "was an intentional act."

"Tonight, New York City experienced a very bad incident," he said at a news conference near the scene in Chelsea.

"We have no credible and specific threat at this moment. "

The mayor and other city officials said investigators had ruled out a natural gas leak as the origin of the blast, but they stopped short of calling it a bombing and declined to specify precisely what they believed may have triggered the explosion.

New York City firefighters stand near the site of an explosion
A device has reportedly been found just a few streets away from the site of the explosion with wires connecting it to a mobile phone, insiders have told CNN.

The device was reportedly a pressure cooker.

Hundreds of people were seen fleeing down the road, as police cordoned off the area.

Neha Jain, 24, who lives in the neighborhood, said she was sitting in her room watching a movie when she suddenly heard a huge boom and everything shook.

"Pictures on my wall fell, the window curtain came flying as if there was a big gush of wind. Then we could smell smoke. Went downstairs to see what happened and firemen immediately told us to go back."

A suspect device found in New York
The blast occurred on 23rd Street, a major east-west thoroughfare in the fashionable downtown neighborhood of Chelsea.

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