New Yorkers and tourists react to an explosion in Manhattan that injured 29 people. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
Calm in New York after ‘intentional’ explosion
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STORY: Numerous New Yorkers and tourists alike said they had no personal security concerns after an explosion rocked the bustling Chelsea district of Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring at least 29 people in what authorities described as a deliberate, criminal act.
Claire Willis, a visitor from Boston, said “I just feel like it was a random event. It was an unfortunate event. And I don’t think, probability-wise, it’s likely to occur again this morning or tomorrow.”
New Yorker Omer Ozden added, “I don’t let it get to me because that’s what these perpetrators want. So, just have to stay calm and I hope nobody was more than just injured.”
Fara Marz said, “You just have to go on with life. No concern.”
David McCall, visitor from Scotland said, “These things happen very rarely and it seems like they are on top of it, so there is nothing to worry about.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials said investigators had ruled out a gas leak as the cause of the blast, but they stopped short of calling it a bombing and declined to specify precisely what they believed may have triggered the explosion.
Remaining circumspect about the exact nature of the explosion in Chelsea, De Blasio said early indications were that it was “an intentional act.” He added that the site of the blast, outside on a major thoroughfare in the fashionable West Side Manhattan neighborhood, was being treated as a crime scene.