New York Explosion in Chelsea: The Photos You Need to See

An explosion in the Chelsea area of Manhattan injured at least 29 people, one seriously, and stoked fears in New York City on September 17. In a news conference, the mayor stood next to the new police commissioner to reassure the city. “Tonight, New York city experienced a very serious incident,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in the late evening press conference. “Injuries are significant… At this point, we can confirm that none of those injured are likely to die. There is no evidence at this point that there is a terror connection to this incident.” However, the mayor said: “We believe at this point in time that this was an intentional act.” New Yorkers, said the mayor, “will not be intimidated.” Photos from the scene show a massive police and fire response as well as at least two devices, one of which appeared to be a pressure cooker and the other that police were still investigating. There were earlier reports that the blast occurred in a dumpster, but de Blasio said in the press conference that this was not confirmed. No suspect has been identified to the public, and authorities on September 17 did not provide details on that aspect of the investigation. They also said they would not call the attack terrorism at this point, although that angle was under investigation also. Surveillance videos captured the moment of the blast. The blast was not natural gas, they said. The blast came on the same day that a man stabbed eight people in St. Cloud, Minnesota in a mall. In that incident, the stabber referred to Allah and asked at least one victim if he was Muslim, according to the St. Cloud police chief. The Manhattan explosion also came on the same day that a trash can blew up at a 5K Marine run in New Jersey. No one was injured in the New Jersey attack, and all were expected to live in the Minnesota attack except the suspect, who was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer. However, Manhattan officials said they have no evidence at this time to indicate the attacks are related. Police officers and firefighters respond to an explosion on September 17, 2016 at 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. According to reports, over 20 people have been taken to hospitals with injuries, none of which are thought to be life threatening. (Getty Images)