Police are hunting for answers on what caused an explosion that injured 29 people in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, shortly before a second suspicious device was found nearby.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters early indications are that the explosion at 23rd Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan at about 8.30 p.m. Saturday "was an intentional act."
But, he said, "there's no specific and credible threat against New York City at this time from any terror organization."
Investigators believe the blast was caused by an explosive device in or near a dumpster, a law enforcement source told CNN.
There also another device found nearby:
Just blocks away from the explosion, a suspicious device was found at 27th Street, according to multiple local and federal law enforcement officials.
The object was a pressure cooker with dark colored wiring protruding, connected by silver duct tape to what appears to be a cellphone, officials said. A piece of paper with writing on it was found nearby.
There is as of yet no evidence that the explosion and the pressure cooker device are connected, and the police are still gathering evidence.
However the fact that the police were not yet ready to issue an official explanation for the blast did not stop a certain loudmouth presidential candidate.
Courtesy of Yahoo:
“I must tell you that just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York. And nobody knows exactly what’s going on. But boy, we are living in a time — we better get very tough, folks. We better get very, very tough,” Trump told his supporters in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“It just happened,” he added. “So we’ll find out, but it’s a terrible thing going on in our world and in our country. And we are going to get tough and smart and vigilant. And we’re going to end it. We’re going to end it. We’ll see what it is. We’ll see what it is.”
About two hours later, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference that the explosion on 23rd Street appeared to be the result of an “intentional” act and that there was no indication it was linked to terrorism. According to de Blasio, it was “too early” to say whether a bomb caused the explosion. The NYPD is also investigating a second location on 27th Street.
You know typically law enforcement professionals discourage folks from speculating until there is evidence to back up any one conclusion. Especially if that person is a public figure or political candidate whose speculation can result in widespread panic.
And remember folks THIS is the guy who wants access to confidential information about this nation's security.