CHELSEA, Manhattan — The FDNY reports that 25 civilians were injured in an explosion Saturday night in a busy area of Chelsea, Manhattan in New York City.
The explosion took place around 8:30pm in a garbage can in front of 135 23rd St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues. The building, named Selis Manor, is an apartment complex for the blind.
“It was loud. It was very loud,” said Crown Heights resident Fredricke M. Farrell. “I was on 21st street and the blast sounded like it was right next door.”
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The FDNY says none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening at this time.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter announced Saturday night that the Nassau County Police Department is on heightened alert following the explosions in New York and New Jersey.
The victims were taken to area hospitals. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arson and explosives task force is responding to the explosion as well.
People in the area told PIX11 they could feel the vibrations from the outdoor explosion.
“I was eating dinner and felt the vibrations of the blast,” said Yemi Osibogun, a Bronx resident who was seated at a nearby sushi restaurant. “My plate actually shook.”
Facebook activated their safety check feature for the explosion, allowing users nearby to tag their safety.
The explosion comes hours after a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey near the Semper Fi 5K Charity Run Route. The device was also placed in a garbage can.
Photos posted to social media showed hundreds of people standing in the streets trying to figure out where the explosion came from.
People are urged to avoid the area as police search for other explosive devices.
Police have stopped all southbound traffic on Seventh Avenue at 34th Street.
The NYPD Counterterrorism Unit tweeted asking New Yorkers to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings.