How horrific. A massive explosion rocked Chelsea, New York to its core on Sept. 17 when residents heard a noise ‘100x louder than thunder.’ Some people immediately flung themselves to the ground, while others were quickly evacuated. See all the pics here.
These photos from the scene of the incident aren’t easy to look at, but if you do look through our gallery above, you’ll see NYC in absolutely panic mode just moments after a loud explosion occurred in the Chelsea area of New York City on Sept. 17.
As you can see, firetrucks are already lining the streets, helicopters are flying overhead, and the entire block of residents is standing on street corners trying to find out what happened.
What we know so far is that a dumpster reportedly blew up at 8:40 p.m. ET Saturday night in Chelsea. And due to the massive explosion, the lower windows of a 14-story residence for the blind blew out, according to the New York Post. At least 29 people suffered minor injuries from an explosive device. The explosion happened outside the Associated Blind Housing facility at 135 W. 23rd Street.
“It was a quiet night, and then I heard this deafening boom,” Jakir Aussin, who works at a Dunkin Donuts at 23rd and Sixth Avenue, told the New York Post. “My first thought was, ‘Oh god, a bomb,’ so I got down on the floor. I looked outside and it’s all broken glass, car alarms going off — I still don’t know what happened.”
“Louder than any thunder I’e ever heard in my life,” Liz Mandel, who was also an eyewitness, tweeted. “Like the sky exploded. Shook the building.”
So scary. Take a look at the all the pics in our gallery above.
UPDATE: NY Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a news conference at the scene on September 18 that “A bomb exploding in New York is obviously an act of terrorism. But it’s not linked to international terrorism. In other words, we find no ISIS connection, etc. But it was terrorism, that’s how we consider it, and that’s how we’ll prosecute it.”
Our thoughts go out to everyone in NYC during this difficult time. Especially those who were injured.