Explosion in New York’s Manhattan leaves 29 wounded

New York, Sep 18, 2016: At least 29 people were wounded in an explosion in New York’s Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan on Saturday night, the incident the mayor said was not linked to terrorism but appeared to have been an “intentional act”.

The explosion on West 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in the neighbourhood of Chelsea was reported at around 9 p.m., media reported.

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Addressing a press conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters that “There is no evidence at this point of a terror connection to this incident.”

“The initial indication is this was an intentional act,” he added.

Investigators found a “possible secondary device” a few blocks away at 27th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, the New York Police Department (NYPD) tweeted late Saturday night.

Sources told NBC New York that investigators at the second location were examining what appeared to be a pressure cooker left out on the sidewalk on 27th Street.

It has not been confirmed that the object is an explosive device. The bomb squad was investigating.

The NYPD said the blast in Chelsea appeared to come from inside a large trash bin, and photos on social media appeared to show a bit mangled in the explosion, but Commissioner James O’Neill said the explosion was believed to have occurred on the street.

The exact nature and cause of the blast has not been determined, O’Neill said, adding the explosion was captured on video.

“We do have video, and we see the explosion. No arrests were made,” he added.

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