A bomb explosion in Manhattan at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night has left at least 26 people injured. The New York Police Department’s Counterterrorism unit is investigating for potential ties to terrorism groups.
Disturbing raw eyewitness footage after the bombing:
The explosion left a harrowing aftermath in its wake:
— Deplorable Mexican (@basedmex) September 18, 2016
Initially, at least 14 people were reported injured. That number swelled to 26 victims.
Overhead footage captured the immediate aftermath:
— Itay Cohai (@itaycohai) September 18, 2016
The bombing follows a similar pipe bomb explosion coming from an IED placed in a trashcan at a Marine charity race earlier today on the Jersey Shore, via News 12:
The beach and boardwalk in Seaside Park have been evacuated due to a pipe bomb explosion in a trash can, which came moments before a major charity race was set to begin.Official sources tell News 12 New Jersey that two unexploded pipe bombs have also been found.
The NYPD Counterterrorism unit is investigating both incidents for signs of terrorism.
— NYPDCounterterrorism (@NYPDCT) September 17, 2016
According to the people who live in the area, the explosion was massive:
— Marilyn Thomas (@MarilynLThomas) September 18, 2016
— Danilo Gabrielli (@DaniloGabrielli) September 18, 2016
A photo of the dumpster after the device exploded:
— AlfonsoQuiroz (@AlfonsoQuiroz) September 18, 2016
The blast was strong enough to blow out the windows on some vehicles, and injured an eight-year-old boy in the process:
Explosion on 23rd and 6th. These two cars had back windows blown out while driving. 8 year old in back seat injured. pic.twitter.com/aKDra2LaIC
— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) September 18, 2016
And there were damages to a home for the blind:
26 injured in Chelsea dumpster explosion. Hearing home for the blind damaged… W 23rd between 6th & 7th av @CBSNewYork
— Jessica Moore (@JessicaMooreTV) September 18, 2016
A witness at the Chelsea bombing told Fox News that it was like, “fireworks but a 1000 times stronger…like if we were in Iraq and there was an explosion.”
There were at least two pipebombs, also placed in trash cans, found by police investigators at Seaside Park, New Jersey earlier on Saturday. No terrorist groups have taken credit for the explosion in Manhattan or the Marine charity race in New Jersey.
This is a breaking news story. More information will be provided as is forthcoming.
UPDATE: 9:43 p.m. EST, 26 people are reportedly injured via ABC News.