An explosion rocks New York city neighborhood of Chelsea, authorities have confirmed. The blast occurred on Saturday night with no casualties reported.
The device that caused the explosion was placed in a dumpster.
Another wired device reported to be a pressure cooker was also discovered at the crowded neighborhood. The suspicious device, which had a cell phone attached to it, was successfully removed by NYPD bomb squad.
The NYPD, along with federal agents, searched through the area to make sure there were no other devices.
Officials in New York are looking for a naturalized US citizen for questioning over the blast, which injured 29 people.
The suspect’s name is Ahmad Khan Rahami. He was born in Afghanistan and is aged 28.
Investigators are warning that the suspect should be considered “armed and dangerous,” urging the public with information to his whereabouts to get in touch.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio told reporters yesterday that the explosion ”was an intentional act”. He also added ”there is no evidence at this point of a terror connection” and there is no “credible and specific threat” to New York.
New York city has been put on high alert as police increase security all across the city as a precaution to other attacks.
Investigators had retrieved surveillance video on the street where the explosion occurred, which helped them identify the suspect.
The Chelsea area in Manhattan is packed with restaurants, shops, subway stations, galleries and businesses which normally attracts a large crowd on a weekend night.
It is one of the most expensive areas in the city and is known for its inclusion of the gay community.