It was a day that had emergency teams scrambling, one that generated as many questions as answers.
On the same day where an explosive device shut down a 5K race benefitting Sailors and Marines, another explosion shook Manhattan.
One might wonder: are they related? Is this part of something coordinated? Is there a terror threat?
While it is still early yet, we know this much:
— The explosion occurred at 8:30 on Saturday September 17… at 131 West 23rd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.
— Officials say the Manhattan explosion is considered unrelated to the one in New Jersey.
— At last mention, twenty-nine people were injured, one seriously, but there were no fatalities.
— There was one explosion, as well as one unexploded device (recovered) within 4 blocks of each other in Manhattan
— The second explosive device was constructed from a pressure cooker.
— There is currently no evidence suggesting any link to Islamic terrorism.
— Officials confirmed it was deliberately planted.
— The area has been treated as a crime scene and was cordoned off for safety.
— The second device offers potential clues, including unspecified writing.
The recovered device:
— CNN (@CNN) September 18, 2016
Here was the Mayor’s public response:
More will be announced as information becomes available.