NYC’s trendy Chelsea neighborhood hit by explosion
An explosion on the hip shopping and dining strip along West 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues has caused 29 “significant injuries,” though none of the injuries are reportedly life-threatening:
An explosion ripped through a Chelsea street Saturday night — injuring at least 29 people and sending horrified witnesses scattering, Fire Department sources said.
The blast blew out the ground floor windows of the Associated Blind Housing facility at 135 W. 23rd St. near Sixth Ave. at about 8:30 p.m., a witness and an FDNY spokesman said.
“Officials are on the scene of an explosion on West 23 St in Manhattan at least 26 people injured. An unknown device was inside a dumpster,” Sergeants Benevolent Association head Ed Mullins tweeted.
The NYPD Counterterrorism Unit tweeted a photo of a mangled piece of the dumpster.
Police and FDNY units also responded to reports of a possible second explosive device found in a Dodge Caravan on 27th St., between 6th and 7th Aves., just before 11 p.m.
The NYPD was questioning a possible suspect picked up about eight blocks away from the blast, sources said.
A witness said he felt and heard the blast while entering the 23rd St. subway station with his family.
Ryan McMillen, a history professor at Mercy College, turned around and saw the back of an SUV “totally blown out.”