New York City explosion leaves dozens injured

Explosion injures dozens in New York City (CNN Photo)
Explosion injures dozens in New York City (CNN Photo)

NEW YORK (CNN/WDTN) — Police and firefighters are at the scene of an explosion in New York City.

Officials are reporting more than two dozen people were injured in the eruption.

The preliminary belief of investigators is that the explosion was caused by an explosive device in or near a dumpster, a law enforcement source told CNN. The source stressed this is preliminary and is not conclusive.

The Fire Department says the blast was reported shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday on West 23rd Street in the Chelsea section of Manhattan.

City Councilman Corey Johnson, who represents the area, told cable news station New York 1 that FBI and federal Homeland Security officials were on the scene, in addition to New York City police.

Numerous emergency vehicles are in the area, which is a major thoroughfare with many restaurants.

The reports of a possible blast comes hours after a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, shortly before thousands of runners participated in a charity 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors.

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