IED Explodes In New York City; 29 People Injured: Bomb Was "An Intentional Act" Mayor Says

Tyler Durden's picture

Summary of the latest news surrounding the explosion of an IED in midtown Manhattan on Saturday night:

  • A powerful explosion caused by what authorities say was a homemade bomb set off in a sidewalk dumpster on 23rd Street (between 6h and 7th Ave.) at 8:30pm on Saturday night, injured at least 29 people; a second explosive device was also found four blocks away. The explosion, which occurred around 8:30 p.m., prompted the shutdown of a wide swath of Manhattan south of Midtown. The Police Department said at 1:15 a.m. Sunday that 14th Street to 32nd Street was closed to traffic between Fifth and Eighth Avenues until further notice.
  • The explosion shattered windows, damaged cars and sent crowds running from the scene. “I heard a big boom,” said Luke McConnell, who was visiting from Colorado and had been headed toward a restaurant on West 27th Street. “I felt it, like a concussive wave, heading towards me.” “Then there was a cloud of white smoke that came from the left side of 23rd Street near Sixth,” he said. “There was no fire, just smoke.”
  • A law enforcement official said investigators were trying to figure out who was behind the explosion and what the motivations might have been. “It likely came from an improvised device,” said one city official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a continuing investigation. “We don’t understand the target or the significance of it. It’s by a pile of Dumpsters on a random sidewalk.”
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio speaking at a news conference at the scene, said “injuries are significant" but for the moment none were life-threatening. The mayor called the explosion “an intentional act” but initially said there was no connection to terrorism. He cautioned that the authorities had just begun their investigation into the blast, which took place just days after the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. “Whatever the cause,” Mr. de Blasio said, “New Yorkers will not be intimidated.”
  • Many of the injuries were caused by shrapnel from the explosion, which witnesses said seemed to have come from a sidewalk dumpster on West 23rd Street, whose images quickly proliferated on Twitter.

  • A second IED device, found on West 27th Street, was described as resembling a pressure cooker like the one used in the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, an official said. A senior police official confirmed that photographs of the device shared on social media, which showed a silver piece of cookware with wires and a cellphone attached, were authentic. The official said the Police Department’s bomb squad was taking the device to a department facility, where robots would inspect it. The official said investigators “don’t have any suspects” and were not questioning anyone.
  • Video captured before the explosion shows a man crossing “the street in the direction of where the device was found.” But no video had yet been obtained clearly showing anyone placing the device in the spot where it detonated. Pressed on who might be responsible for the incident, James P. O’Neill, the police commissioner, said no suspect was in custody. “We are still in the process of trying to figure that out,” he said. O’Neill said the authorities had collected video of the explosion but asked the public for any footage they might have, as well as eyewitness accounts and tips. A video of the 23rd Street scene just before the IED went off has been released moments ago:
  • The police commissioner said that residents along 23rd Street were being allowed back in their homes and that there was no need for mandatory evacuations.
  • The White House issued a brief statement saying that President Obama had been briefed on the developing situation in New York.  “The president has been apprised of the explosion in New York City, the cause of which remains under investigation,” the statement said. “The president will be updated as additional information becomes available.”
  • Both presidential candidates broke from campaign routines to address the issue. Donald J. Trump, weighed in on the news while campaigning in Colorado Springs on Saturday night. “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,” he said. “But boy, we are living in a time — we better get very tough, folks.” Hillary Clinton, was informed of the episode after she gave a speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner, her campaign said.
  • According to the NYT, the explosion was not connected to a blast that happened 11 hours before as reported here, when an improvised device exploded in a garbage can near the course of a charity race that was about to start in a small town on the Jersey Shore. That device went off around 9:30 a.m. near the boardwalk in Seaside Park, N.J., according to the Ocean County sheriff, Michael G. Mastronardy. There were no injuries. The race, the Seaside Semper Five, a five-kilometer run and charity event along the waterfront that raises money for members of the United States Marine Corps and their families, was canceled.

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 Update 2: Fox News is reporting a second explosion on 27th street.  The NYPD reportedly moved the media to safety before the blast indicating that it may have been a controlled explosion by police.  The device is believed to be a "pressure cooker" device similar to the one used in the Boston Marathon bombing with a cell phone and wires attached.   




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Update 1:  The NYPD has potentially located a 2nd device on 27th Street in Manhattan.

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An explosion occurred at 8:30PM this evening in New York City at 135 23rd Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenue).  Early reports suggested the explosion came from an improvised explosive device (IED) stuffed inside a dumpster. 

Mayor De Blasio confirmed at a press conference earlier that the explosion was believed to be an "intentional act" though noted there are no known links to any terrorist organizations at this time.

The NYPD has confirmed that 29 people have sustained injuries and 1 is in serious condition.

The NYPD Counterterrorism Unit has arrived at the scene and is conducting searches for other devices.  At least two buildings were evacuated in the vicinity of the incident.

Earlier today a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, as about 5,000 people were set to run a 5k Marine charity race (see: "Pipe Bomb Explodes At Marine Charity Run In New Jersey").  It is unknown at this time if the two events are linked. 











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brada1013567's picture

It is being reported as an explosion in a dumpster

Billy the Poet's picture

Is that anything like a tempest in a teapot?

brada1013567's picture

From the NYPD reports so far it doesn't appear to be a major explosion

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) brada1013567 Sep 17, 2016 8:42 PM

Hillary just blowin' off a little steam.

FatTony7915726's picture

Hillary & her crew diverting attention by planting an IED.

WTFRLY's picture

JOO WORLD ORDER LOADING ... ... ... ... 96%

TeamDepends's picture

A message to de Blablablasio: This town needs more diversityness. Or else.

zeronetwork's picture

So it means Trump will be the winner?

Skateboarder's picture

It means more rulez and more friskin', whoever wins.

As the Internets would duly say, "PICS OR GTFO!" No CC footage?...

oops's picture

Nostalgic since 911, Israel REVISITS NYC.

Joe Davola's picture

Dammit people, return those Galaxy s7's, don't toss 'me in the nearest wino Michelin 3 star.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Did the dumpster scream "Aloe Hacker Bar!" just before blowing itself up?

Manthong's picture

No self-respecting terrorist or cell would blow up garbage cans or dumpsters with puny explosives in an area without high people density or high impact.

This is being done for effect.

Or... this just illustrates what a waste our ridiculous DHS expense and efforts have been.



greenskeeper carl's picture

Im watching the news now, and it sounds like a bunch of nonsense. If this is what "terrists" do these days, Im not scared enough. This is a bunch of bush league bullshit. They are saying now that the police might have blown up a pressure cooker near a dumpster. No word yet on the possibility that someones pressure cooker may have stopped working and gotten thrown away. I have personally seen the police blow up someones tackle box on a  public pier near a navy base because the guy left it there, and someone else called in a "suspicious package". 


See something say something. Don't let the terrorists win. blah blah blah. Be very afraid.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) greenskeeper carl Sep 17, 2016 11:41 PM

Hillary(!)'s poll numbers just dropped again. 

beemasters's picture

Sigh...Why the FBI/CIA don't target DC politicians/neocons to make terrorist acts look more credible, I will never understand.

Déjà view's picture

Footnote added to acts below...prepare to lose more liberties...

Pockmarks from 1920 Wall St. blast still visible on former JP Morgan building.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Déjà view Sep 18, 2016 9:23 AM

There have been far more terrorist attacks in America under Obama than under All other Presidents combined.

That's "Hope and Change" for ya.  Hillary can probably break that record though.

Harlequin001's picture

No she can't, she's obviously dying...

I'd vote for her, just to see her decompose at the teleprompter.

Weekend at Bernies...

fleur de lis's picture

Because FBI/CIA/NSA/ etc. are all friends with the DC screwballs. 

None of them work for us.

They work for each other and use us as disposible pawns.

They were all bought off a long time ago.

fleur de lis's picture

For all the cameras that saturate NYC there is no video near the epicenter?

And the dumpster just happened to be there?

And nobody saw the perps climbing all over it? 


Lorca's Novena's picture

Nothing compares to that guy who stole the tank in San Diego many years ago.... he was a pro.

Uzda Farce's picture
Uzda Farce (not verified) Manthong Sep 17, 2016 11:29 PM

One effect is to get Hillary off the front page for a while.

jeff montanye's picture

 hillary clinton should start carrying today's newspaper as a verification of what day it is  (doesn't really work in reverse, though).

some of this needs to get out:

quadraspleen's picture

"This is being done for effect.
Or... this just illustrates what a waste our ridiculous DHS expense and efforts have been."

S'ok, they'll find a passport soon and we'll know for sure

RevIdahoSpud3's picture

Wouldn't it be something if the dumpster was here illegally?

onthesquare's picture

kinda sloppy job for a false flag suspect.  I think the spook brigade down at the NWO headquarters is getting down to the last, bottom of the barrel, spook.  NWO is going to have to get more creative if for Obama to invoke martial law so he can pass over the november elections.  I suspect there will be more of this nonsense to come.

It does not matter who is in the WH the same puppet masters will continue to run the show.

Mr. Universe's picture

I really dislike what you had to say, but unfortunately I suspect you might be spot on.  When the going gets weird the weird go pro. I can't imagine anything weirder that HRC as president, especially after they have her stuffed and mounted, fitted with the latest in animitronics. Darn, dead Hillary will look more alive than the current version.

LadiesLoveCoolJames's picture

The quality of terrorist is at an all time low.

Atavists R Us's picture

Is it just coincidence that this happened when the news cycle on the "mistaken" USSA attack on Syrian army positions was just starting? Notice how now all the news has shifted to this dumpster explosion - which, BTW, didn't do much damage and nobody has claimed responsibility for - because it wasn't meant to do much damage, just divert attention. Classic government diversionary tactic (false flag) to take the heat off the intentional attack on the Syrian army by the USSA/Israhelli to help their IS minions.

According to witnesses there, the USSA bombed the defending Syrian army forces on the hill, allowing IS to attack from the same direction the jets flew from. Then, as soon as IS retook that position, the USSA stopped the bombing. How convenient.


CNN is certainly blaring it up and down BUT -- it's being reported in the context of the Russians somehow refusing to maintain the ceasefire by blocking supplies to Aleppo, not the Americans fucking up.

Incredible -- we'll see how much play it's getting tomorrow compared to the suburban manhunt we'll probably be treated to shortly. 

edotabin's picture

Did they find the dumpster's passport in perfect condition ?

thesonandheir's picture

Hillary 4 dumpster and cookware controls

earleflorida's picture

 A Casio watch is the timer/detonator of choice.

NYC is very good and difficult to penetrate.

The terrorist  live in new Jersey just over the bridge into the city or the Holland tunnel

The tunnel is impenetrable regarding bio/Chem and nukes

JRobby's picture

Obama will now take charge!

The Gun Is Good's picture

"Obama will now take charge!"

Good thing it wasn't a golf cart that exploded, or he'd be REALLY PISSED....

J S Bach's picture

They failed trying to take away our guns.

Now they're gonna try to take our bombs.

Bumpo's picture

What this country needs is 650% more Syrian Refugees!

The Juggernaut's picture

A drill gone live!

I want this country to realize that we stand on the edge of oblivion. I want every man, woman and child to understand how close we are to chaos. I want everyone to remember why they need us!  - Adam Sutler, V for Vendetta


CheapBastard's picture

650% ... how much is dat; I'm bad at maff.

83_vf_1100_c's picture

I speak a little bit of ebonics. If your homie slings crack rocks at 10 dollah each and he sells 1 to each customer but he gets a reup of some primo shit and charges double and the YT college boys show up and buy 3 rocks each... that is 600% mo monay. So, just a little bit bigger than that. hth

MagicHandPuppet's picture

"We are going to need you to import approximately 70,000 of our favorite twenty-something male Dems-to-be Syrian cousins. Else, we'd hate to see something awful happen to your perfectly healthy green dumpster "

johngaltfla's picture

FYI, per WINS in NYC possible second device found around 27th this is ongoing...

Handful of Dust's picture

My bet is this has to be sponsored by the Hillary camp to create as much confusion and violence as possible to distract from all her problems. In any case, I'm glad Hillary's pals didn't kill anyone with that firecracker.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

Pressure cooker - triggers memories of Boston in the sheeple

Chelsea area - provides a subconscious connection to Hillary

Quick everyone, feel sympathy for Hillary while reliving being scared about eastern european terrorists loose in NYC!

Its a quickly hobbled together psy-op to both rescue Hillarys falling poll numbers, and push the USAF Syria fuck up out of the news cycle.





The Management's picture

Cant upvote enough. Just wrote same.