Mayor Calls Manhattan Blast 'Intentional Act' After Exploding Dumpster Injures Dozens
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio said around 30 people were injured Saturday night in an explosion in the city's Chelsea neighborhood.
New Yorkers are on edge this weekend after an explosion that rocked a Manhattan neighborhood Saturday night was deemed an "intentional act" by the city's mayor.
Bill de Blasio told reporters in the hours after the blast that there is “no evidence at this point of a terror connection to this incident." However, officials said early Sunday that a second device was found and safely removed by a bomb squad.
At least 29 people were injured in the explosion, which appeared to have originated from a dumpster that was seen crumpled in photos shared by NYPD.
"Though the injuries sustained are significant, at this point we can confirm that no one is likely to die," de Blasio said early Sunday.
The second device was reportedly removed by a robot and taken to the Bronx for detonation.
Donald Trump used the opportunity to continue to tout his intention to get "tough and smart and vigilant" as president.
"I must tell you that just before I got off the plane a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows what's going on," Trump said after landing in Colorado. "But boy we are living in a time -- we better get very tough, folks."
Hillary Clinton had a more measured response, the AP reports.
"About the bombings in New York and New Jersey and the attacks in Minnesota," she said, "we need to do everything we can to support our first responders — also to pray for the victims. We have to let this investigation unfold."
Clinton went on to suggest it was unwise for her opponent, Trump, to immediately declare to supporters that a bomb had gone off in New York.
Just hours before the explosion, a trash can along the route for a Marine Corps charity run blew up on the Seaside, New Jersey boardwalk.
No injuries were reported at the New Jersey incident.
Clinton's mention of Minnesota appeared to be reference the man at a St. Cloud mall who cops say stabbed eight people while wearing the uniform of a security guard before he was shot dead by authorities Saturday.
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