Explosion in New York's Chelsea neighborhood

An explosion rocked New York's Chelsea neighborhood Saturday night.

The explosion came just after 8:30 pm on 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, assistant commissioner for communication with the New York City Police Department J. Peter Donald tweeted.

Several injured were transported to area hospitals, Donald said.

The explosion was in a dumpster outside a 14-story residence for the blind, the New York Post reported.

Manhattan: Box 615, West 23 St & 6th Ave. U/D; IED Explosion in dumpster, multiple injured, photo via @voicehalf pic.twitter.com/pDKaPeoJmp

— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) September 18, 2016
Tweets from the area describe "one loud long boom."

One loud long boom NYC explosion. Never heard anything like it pic.twitter.com/CB83TVQHru

— Liz Mandel (@elisabetherapy) September 18, 2016
The New York Police Counter-Terrorism unit has responded to the blast. Transit service in the area has been shut down, according to the New York Fire Department.

Major explosion right around the corner from my apartment in #NYC just happened.#safe #chelsea #explosion #rightnow pic.twitter.com/yr2Tfnqp4U

— Aiden Leslie (@aidenleslie) September 18, 2016
Earlier in the day a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, N.J., near a Marine charity run. The device was placed in a garbage can. No injuries were reported.


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