Firefighters respond to possible building explosion in NYC

A loud explosion rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan tonight. NYPD has confirmed multiple injuries.

NEW YORK - A loud explosion rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan Saturday night.

The explosion came just after 8:30pm on 23rd street between Sixth and Seventh avenues, assistant commissioner for communication with the New York City Police Department J. Peter Donald tweeted.

The Fire Department of New York has confirmed that 25 civilians have been injured, none appear to be life-threatening.

The explosion was in a dumpster outside a 14-story residence for the blind, the New York Post reported. The cause of the blast remains unknown.

Tweets from the area describe "one loud long boom." 




The explosion is described as being near 135 West 23rd Street in Manhattan.

The Associated Press reported that firefighters were at the scene and that the New York Fire Department said the blast was reported shortly before 9pm.

Facebook has activated their 'safety check' where users can check in 'safe' via their status.

Earlier in the day a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey near a Marine charity run. The device was placed in a garbage can.

Stay with for the latest on this developing story.




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