That’s right. There is never any evidence. Leftoids seem to be
unable unwilling to connect the dots.
Mayor de Blasio said it is too early to determine the cause of the explosion and that there is no evidence of a terror connection, but that officials have reason to believe “that this was an intentional act.”
New York explosion: 29 injured as blast rattles Manhattan suburb of Chelsea
New York mayor Bill de Blasio says there is “no evidence of a terror connection” and no evidence of a threat to the city after an explosion in a Manhattan dumpster injured 29 people.
The blast occurred at about 8:30pm (local time) between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue on 23rd Street, a major east-west thoroughfare in the fashionable downtown neighbourhood, J Peter Donald, a deputy commissioner with the New York Police Department, said on Twitter.
“Several injured transported to area hospitals,” he wrote.
Mr de Blasio said it appeared the explosion was an “intentional act”, but the cause of the explosion had not yet been determined.
The mayor also confirmed there was a second site in Manhattan also under investigation near the site of the blast.
Of the 29 people wounded in the incident, 24 have been taken to hospitals with various degrees of scrapes and abrasions from glass and metal, Fire Department commissioner Daniel Nigro said.
A car seen driving through the area had its rear window blown out.
Earlier that morning a pipe bomb exploded along the route of a New Jersey charity race to benefit military veterans, an incident investigators are treating as a possible act of terrorism.
Mr de Blasio said there was no specific evidence that the two incidents were related.
The Manhattan explosion, described by one neighbour as “deafening”, happened outside the Associated Blind Housing facility, which provides housing, training and other services for the blind.
Hundreds of people were seen fleeing down the block on the cool early autumn evening, as police cordoned off the area.
“It was really loud, it hurt my eardrums. My 10-year-old boy was sat in the back seat of the car, and the explosion blew the back window out,” said Tsi Tsi Mallett, who was in a car driving along 23rd Street when the explosion took place.
Her son was not injured.
Neha Jain, 24, who lives in the neighbourhood, said she was sitting in her room watching a movie when she suddenly heard a huge boom and everything shook.
“Pictures on my wall fell, the window curtain came flying as if there was a big gush of wind,” she said.
“Then we could smell smoke. Went downstairs to see what happened and firemen immediately told us to go back.”
Law enforcement authorities are considering the possibility the explosion was accidentally caused by construction explosives, an official close to the investigation told Reuters.
Police and FBI agents were at the scene of the explosion and were investigating, a source also told Reuters.
US President Barack Obama had been told about the explosion, a White House official said.
New York City Police issued a bulletin advising motorists in the area they should “expect extensive traffic delays and emergency personnel in the area of 23rd Street and 7th Avenue” due to police activity there.
They asked the public to avoid the area.
Representatives of the NYPD, the Fire Department of New York and other city agencies could not be reached immediately for further comment.