‘This was an intentional act’: Explosion in New York hours after blast in New Jersey

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Twenty-nine people were injured, one seriously, by an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan Saturday night, according to Police Commissioner James O’Neill speaking at a press conference. The explosion took place at approximately 8:30pm ET at 131 W. 23rd street. Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters that a second site on 27th street is currently being investigated by the NYPD. The mayor called the explosion a “very serious incident” and said “this was an intentional act.” However, Commissioner O’Neill says a cause remains undetermined, though natural gas has been ruled out.

The explosion came hours after a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, shortly before a military benefit run. Mayor de Blasio says there is no evidence of a connection between the two explosions, and he also said that there is no evidence of a connection to terror at this point.