- FDNY says 24 people transported to hospital after explosion
- One patient considered serious
- Twitter emergency.alert was issued stating “#alert @NYPDnews: residents on W 27 St btw 6th Av/7th Av to stay away from windows facing 27th St until they clear a suspicious package”
- 2nd device on West 27 Street in Chelsea has been safely removed by the NYPD Bomb Squad.
The new NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill confirmed NYPD Officers witnessed the ‘large’ explosion In Chelsea, Manhattan today.
Full remarks released by the NYPD:
“At around 8:30 P.M. this evening, officers from the 10th Precinct were on routine patrol, driving westbound on 23rd Street, when they witnessed a large explosion in front of 131 West 23rd Street. The officers immediately called for additional units and ambulances.
The NYPD Bomb Squad and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force were requested to respond. As of this time, the exact cause of this explosion has not been determined. Investigation into this incident is active at this time and an extensive search is being conducted. The area around the explosion site is being treated as a crime scene.
As of this time, there is no evidence to indicate that this explosion is a result of any natural gas cause. Again, the exact nature and cause of this explosion has not yet been determined. As of the most recent information, there have been 27 injuries reported. One of these injuries may be considered serious. The Fire Department is currently assessing the extent of any possible structural damage resulting from this explosion.
As further information is developed, we will provide updates. At this point, anyone with potential information about the incident is asked to call NYPD CrimeStoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.”