Multiple people were injured Saturday evening in an explosion that rocked lower Manhattan.

“The explosion happened at 135 23rd St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues” inside of a garbage can in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea around 8:30pm, reports

The New York City Fire Department confirmed 29 people were injured in the blast, with only one of the injuries appearing to be serious.

The NYPD Counterterrorism Unit responded after an explosion blew out the windows of nearby buildings and sent people fleeing.

“Preliminary reports point to the explosion happening inside of a dumpster,” according to

Police also located a “pressure cooker with wires” and a timer, according to an ABC News reporter:

NYC Mayor Bill deBlasio stated the act was intentional, however claimed there was no evidence of a terror connection.

“This was an intentional act,” de Blasio said at a press conference Saturday. “New Yorkers will not be intimidated. We will not let anyone change who we are or how we go about our lives.”

While the Mayor somehow claims the explosion did not represent a terror threat, 18 U.S.C. § 2331 defines “domestic terror” as having three primary characteristics:

Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law; Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.

Presidential candidate Donald Trump stirred controversy when he stated that a “bomb” had gone off in New York during a campaign stop in Colorado before police confirmed the explosion’s source:

The press asked his opponent Hillary Clinton if he should not have been so quick to call the “bombing” – as referred to by Clinton herself – a “bomb.”

The Obama administration also issued a statement saying it was aware of the situation:
“The president has been apprised of the explosion in New York City, the cause of which remains under investigation. The president will be updated as additional information becomes available.”

The explosion follows the detonation of a pipe bomb that prevented a 5k marathon for veterans in Seaside Park, New Jersey.

More on this as it develops…

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