NYC shaken by ‘intentional’ explosion, 29 injured

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Large numbers of investigators remain at the scene of an explosion that rocked the bustling Chelsea district of Manhattan the night before. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

NYC shaken by ‘intentional’ explosion, 29 injured

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STORY: Large numbers of investigators remained at the scene of an explosion that rocked the bustling Chelsea district of Manhattan Saturday night.

The blast injured injuring at least 29 people and was described by authorities as a deliberate, criminal act, although officials added that investigators had found no evidence of a “terror connection.”

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.

Police said a sweep of the neighborhood following the blast had turned up a possible “secondary device” four blocks away consisting of a pressure cooker with wires attached to it and connected to a cell phone.

Residents living nearby were advised to stay away from windows facing the street as a precaution, and the item was later safely moved to a police firing range for further examination, officer Christopher Pisano said.

As of Sunday morning, police were still seeking to determine whether the item was an explosive and had not detonated it, said New York police Lieutenant Thomas Antonetti.

The latest blast came less than a week after law enforcement agencies around the country were on heightened alert for the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, airline-hijacking attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

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