A horrific explosion in Chelsea, Manhattan at 8:30 pm on Saturday that left a reported 26 people injured has not officially been linked to terrorism.
NYPD Counterterrorism investigators are searching for clues after a bomb was detonated in a dumpster in New York City.
Police investigators and counter-terrorism experts are also searching for evidence in a similar, though not necessarily related, pipebomb explosion at a Marine charity race in Seaside, New Jersey on Saturday with no reported injuries.
As reported by Pix 11, investigators found a potential second device:
A possible secondary device has been found at West 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenue, according NYPD Special Operations. The area should be avoided, the NYPD said.
The explosion happened in a garbage can around 8:30 p.m. in front of 135 23rd St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues. The FDNY says none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening at this time.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio delivered a statement on the Chelsea explosion, as reported by NBC 4:
“All hands are on deck; injuries are significant,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference. “There is no evidence at this point of a terror connection,” though he did say it was “an intentional act.”
This wouldn't be the first time De Blasio would be reticent to announce terrorism in connection to an attack in New York City. An explosion in Central Park in July that took off a man's leg was caused by a device utilizing the homemade explosive TATP, but that incident was not ruled to be terrorism.