A devastating explosion occurred amidst a very crowded neighbourhood in Manhattan this past Saturday. The impact of the incident left 29 people injured while the authorities have claimed to have removed a very suspicious device that was discovered in the blocks nearby. While the Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the blast as an international act, he did not establish any terrorist involvement in the same.
He came forward to calm down the public interjecting that the incident was not related to a pipe bomb explosion that happened during a charity run in New Jersey this past Saturday. He reassured the people that they were under no credible threat.
The motive behind the blast is still a mystery. A member of the law enforcement team stated that the suspicious device found nearby looked like a pressure cooker used for cooking, it was wired and triggered via cellphone. The spokesman shared the details on condition of staying anonymous due to lack of authorization to speak regarding the ongoing investigation.
The official also stated that the explosion seems to have occurred out of a tool box used in construction. Pictures from the scene reveal a crumpled black metal box twisted to the limits. The incident took place on West 23rd street which happens to be in front a blind residential area, many restaurants and a supermarket as well. The explosion is being reported to occur at about 8:30 PM and took down the windows of the buildings nearby thus scattering the debris in the surrounding area.
Fortunately the people were taken for medical care in time. One of the victims appears to have had a serious punctured wound while other had minor injuries such as bruises and scrapes. The explosion not only caused discomfort to the people but also hampered the NYC subway routes. Many citizens showed their concern as they were rattled by the explosion occurring just weeks after the 9/11 attacks’ 15th anniversary.
President Barack Obama was apprised of the incident that shook New York City and more updates would be available as the investigation progresses. Many people were injured during an attack involving stabbing and shooting and the accused is presumed dead now.
It is time to stand strong and be tough. Stephanie Ovadia strongly condemns the incident and would like to extend her condolences to the victims and their families.
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Stephanie Ovadia is a practicing attorney, radio personality and mother of eight children. Stephanie's areas of practice include entertainment law and personal injury. She received her B.A. in political science from SUNY Binghamton and her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.