— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) September 18, 2016
On Saturday night, an apparent explosion rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, and CBS New York posted initial traffic cam video from the scene. ABC 7 in New York reports that at least 25 people were injured (with one person sustaining serious injuries) in what still amounts to a mystery blast. However, none of the injuries appear to be life threatening, and the New York Fire Department and NYPD Counterterrorism Unit are currently investigating the incident, which CBS News reports was an explosive device placed in a dumpster, which follows on the heels of a pipe bomb explosion at the Semper Five 5K not too far away in New Jersey.
As is often the case nowadays, social media was on the case faster than traditional news outlets, and we’ve included several videos and photos of the scene. Several eyewitnesses, including Daily Beast writer Tim Teeman, were on hand and quickly posted snapshots to Twitter.
When the initial news broke, NYPD Assistant Commissioner for Communication & Public Information J. Peter Donald quickly confirmed the department’s response to the reported explosion at 23rd St. and 6th Avenue.
More Twitter photos and videos quickly rolled online.