CHELSEA, Manhattan — An explosion in Chelsea Saturday night left 29 injured. Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference the cause of the explosion is not yet known, but that it was an “intentional” incident.
Politicians reacted to news of the explosion as authorities worked to investigate on scene.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told reporters traveling with her that she was briefed on the explosion as well as an explosion that happened in Seaside Park, New Jersey early Saturday.
Clinton called on Americans to support first responders and to pray for victims as reported by the Associated Press. She said she would offer further comment when more details are confirmed.
A formal statement from Clinton has not yet been released, but CNN reported that she had been in touch with New York City officials Saturday night.
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump had arrived in Colorado for a rally when reports of the bombing began.
He also has not yet released a formal statement but told the audience that “a bomb” had gone off in New York City and that “nobody knows what’s going on” as reported by the Associated Press.
Trump’s declaration of a bomb came a few hours before Mayor de Blasio and police commissioner James O’Neill’s statement that the attack was intentional, but there was “no evidence at this point of a terror connection,” as CNN reported.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement and said his administration is “monitoring the situation” and urging New Yorkers to “as always, remain calm and vigilant.”
President Obama has been briefed on the explosion according to a statement from the White House.