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.