Explosion in New York's Chelsea neighborhood

An explosion that injured at least 25 people rocked New York's Chelsea neighborhood Saturday night.

None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, the New York City Fire Department said.

The explosion came just after 8:30 pm at 133 West 23rd Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, the Fire Department said.

Several injured were transported to area hospitals, assistant commissioner for communication with the New York City Police Department J. Peter Donald tweeted.

The cause of the blast remains unknown.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said she understood that 26 people had been hurt, Five had been taken to area hospitals, she said. Mayor Bill de Blasio was expected to come to the scene, she added.

"This is a very orderly crime scene," she told NY1 television. "Everybody is coordinated, organized."

The explosion was in a dumpster outside a 14-story residence for the blind, the New York Post reported. The explosion blew out lower windows on the Associated Blind Housing facility

The New York Police Counter-Terrorism unit has responded to the blast.

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

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.

USA TODAY


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