On Saturday night, an explosion in the Chelsea area of New York injured at least 25 people according to the fire department. Here are 5 facts you need to know.
1. According to the New York Post, “a dumpster blew up at 8:40 p.m. Saturday night in Chelsea, blowing out the lower windows of a 14-story residence for the blind.” At least 2 buildings were evacuated.
2. The explosion occurred by a 4 by 4 by 3 construction dumpster at 133 W 23rd St. in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York.
3. While authorities stated that the blast was a deliberate criminal act, they also made clear that at this stage, investigators had not turned up a “terror connection.” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that investigators had ruled out a gas leak as the cause of the blast. However, he declined to specify exactly what they believed caused the explosion.
4. At least 29 people were reported injured, and 24 of them were taken to hospitals. The rest suffered cuts, scrapes and minor injuries. All of the victims who were taken to the hospital have been released.
5. The presidential candidates from the two major parties both spoke about the situation. Democratic rival Hillary Clinton spoke on her campaign plane while on the ground in New York. She said that she had been briefed on “the bombings in New York and New Jersey.” She said, however, that she would wait until she had more information before commenting further.
The Republican nominee Donald Trump decided to speak hours before New York officials on the ground spoke publicly. Trump said that “Just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York, and nobody knows exactly what’s going on … We better get very tough, folks.”