Explosion in Manhattan Leaves at Least 25 Injured; Trump Says 'Bomb Went Off' Before Officials Release Details?
The New York Fire Department reported that the explosion in Manhattan on Saturday, September 17, 2016, has left at least 25 people injured. Meanwhile, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump might be in the spotlight, again, for saying that a “bomb went off in New York.”
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It is still unknown whether the explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night was an act of terrorism. According to Sputnik International, the blast is currently under investigation and the authorities are also considering the possibility that construction explosives may have accidentally caused the incident.
At the same time, it was also reported that the explosion was triggered by an improvised explosive device (IED) found in a garbage bin. A Twitter user known by the handle @Shield1631 reported having found IED in a dumpster. The same social media user claims that it was similar to blast that happened during a marathon in New Jersey earlier the same day.
Social media, since the incident, was flooded with reports that the Chelsea area of Manhattan was shaken by the explosion on West 23rd Street.
At the moment, Republican nominee Donald Trump is alleged to have been briefed about the explosion in New York ahead of his speech at the Congressional Black Caucus gala. According to CNN, Trump spoke of the incident before local authorities had publicly reported details of the Manhattan incident.
The news outlet was told that the explosion in Manhattan happened around 8:40 p.m. ET. It was then noted that the incident happened around 30 minutes before Trump spoke on stage. Trump or his representative have yet to comment on speculations over whether he was in contact with anybody from New York or whether he had evidence that a bomb caused the explosion.
“Just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows exactly what’s going on,” Trump said while he was on the stage.
President Barack Obama, gave a public address at the CBC gala shortly after but he did not mention anything about the explosion. An official from the White House, later on, informed the president about what happened in Chelsea.
Regardless of who briefed Trump before he got off his plane or whether or not he has evidence that a bomb went off in NYC, being blunt is nothing new for the presidential candidate. But while he or his representatives have yet to comment on the matter, New York officials are on their toes to ensure safety in NYC following the explosion in Manhattan.
At this time there is no evidence of a terrorist connection and no specific threat to #NYC #Chelsea We remain on alert
— NYPDCounterterrorism (@NYPDCT) September 18, 2016
NYCityAlerts: Manhattan: Box 615, West 23 St & 6th Ave. U/D; IED Explosion in dumpster, multiple injured, photo vi… pic.twitter.com/xOSuzudrN1
— Shield 1631 (@Shield1631) September 18, 2016
.@realDonaldTrump says "bomb" went off in #Chelsea before NYC officials determined cause of explosion: https://t.co/yjJQ1i8gCH
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) September 18, 2016
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