CCTV caught the moment the explosive device detonated blasting out windows, damaging cars and sending dozens of terrified people running for their lives just days after the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks
A ‘homemade bomb’ hidden in a trashcan has exploded in New York injuring at least 29 people.
A second suspected bomb in a pressure cooker with wires attached to it and connected to what resembled a mobile phone was found blocks away.
CCTV caught the moment the explosive device detonated blasting out windows, damaging cars and sending dozens of terrified people running for their lives just days after the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
The blast occurred at 8.30pm on 23rd Street, a major east-west thoroughfare in the fashionable downtown neighborhood of Chelsea and city mayor Bill de Blasio has said early indications suggest it was an “intentional act.”
Jakir Aussin, who works at a Dunkin Donuts at 23rd and Sixth Avenue, described the moment the device went off.
He said: “It was a quiet night, and then I heard this deafening boom.
“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.”
Neha Jain, 24, who lives in the neighborhood, said she was sitting at home watching a movie when she heard a huge boom and everything shook.
“Pictures on my wall fell, the window curtain came flying as if there was a big gush of wind,” she told Reuters. “Then we could smell smoke. We went downstairs to see what happened, and firemen immediately told us to go back.”
Police carrying out a sweep of the area in the aftermath found a second device – a pressure cooker with with wires connecting it to a mobile phone and a piece of paper with writing on it was found nearby, according to CNN.
Pressure cookers packed with explosives and detonated with timing devices were used by two Massachusetts brothers in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 260.
New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said 29 people were hurt in the blast, and 24 of them had been taken to hospitals, including one he described as seriously injured.
The rest suffered various cuts, scrapes and other minor injuries.
The explosion, described by one neighbor as “deafening,” happened outside the Associated Blind Housing facility at 135 W.23rd Street. The facility provides housing, training and other services for the blind.
Hundreds of people were seen fleeing down the block as police rushed to cordon off the area.
Chris Gonzalez, visiting from Dallas, was having dinner with friends at a restaurant in the area.
“We felt it, we heard it, the restaurant went real quiet, the 26-year-old said. “It wasn’t like jolting or anything, everyone just went quiet.”