Everything We Know So Far About the Bombing That Rocked New York City
Though no one was killed, 29 were injured in an explosion that put the nation's largest city on edge.
Saturday morning, a pipe bomb exploded in New Jersey during a charity marathon to benefit Marines and sailors. Then, around 8:30 PM, a volcano-like blast sent literal shockwaves through the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Police later found a pressure cooker device about four blocks away that was set to explode.
No people were injured by the New Jersey blast, and though 29 were hurt in Manhattan, no one died. Still, a large explosion in the heart of the nation's largest city—following on the heels of another bomb nearby—naturally had the country on high alert.
In Colorado, Donald Trump immediately addressed the attack in a speech at a rally. "I must tell you that just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows exactly what's going on," he said. "But boy, we are living in a time—we better get very tough, folks." At the time, information about the explosion was extremely scarce, and Trump's critics said that there's no way he could have known it was a bomb.
At a Sunday morning press conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the bombing an "intentional act," but said that "there's no specific and credible threat against New York City at this time from any terror organization," adding that the bomb in New Jersey appeared for now to be unconnected. But Governor Andrew Cuomo said that "a bomb exploding in New York is obviously an act of terrorism," He deployed 1,000 officers and National Guard members to various transit hubs across the city as a precaution.
Alec Montgomery lives a block away from where the explosion took place. "It shook the entire house," the 18-year-old told VICE. "It was insane. I felt my own body shake as well." The teen assumed it was a car crash because it took people so long to react but changed his mind when ambulances streamed by.
He says that he's allowed to leave the block but needs to show his ID with his home address before being let back into the blast zone.
For now, officials seem to be taking a cautious approach—evidence is still being gathered, and no one knows who planted this bomb, or why.
"I don't think we know and I think it would not be appropriate to speculate until we do know," Hillary Clinton said in a statement. "Let's try to figure out as much as we can by having the experts, professionals, go through this try to determine what you have to in order to trace it back and then see who's behind it."
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