BREAKING: Bombings in Manhattan, 29 Injured. Likely Terrorism.
This story is developing, with DeBlasio's next press conference at noon Sunday. I just wanted to round up what you may have missed, along with a few bits of information that many are missing.
There were two explosions Saturday. The first in New Jersey, when a pipe bomb was exploded at a charity run for Marines. The second in Manhattan, where an IED was exploded in Chelsea. Mayor deBlasio is calling it an "intentional" act. Read: terrorism, but we're too scared to say so.
An explosion that injured at least 29 people in New York City late Saturday appeared to be "intentional," Mayor Bill de Blasio announced, as sources told Fox News an apparent explosive device -- a pressure cooker -- was found four blocks away.
Reminder. Pressure cookers were used in the Boston Marathon Bombings. Which were, as we now know, Islamic terrorism. Two words no one is yet willing to utter.
The blast, on West 23rd Street in the city's Chelsea neighborhood, appeared to originate from a construction toolbox in front of a building, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. A garbage can was found mangled nearby. Police would not give any more details about the device found on West 27th Street.
The FBI and New York Police Department would not rule out terrorism as a possible factor but said it was too early to determine the exact cause, law enforcement sources told Fox News. Police did not say whether they had any potential suspects.
It's still too early to call this what we're all probably suspecting it is. Especially considering earlier Saturday, a pipe bomb exploded near a Marine charity run in New Jersey. The run was canceled.
If the two incidents are not related, I'm changing my last name to Banana Hammock.
Security footage shows the moment of the IED explosion:
#Explosion outside our apartment at 23rd and 6th in #newyork. Terrified. Hoping everyone is okay. https://t.co/i3q4cG7aWT— N∑H∆ (@N∑H∆)1474159615.0
And of course, Madam Pantsuit had to weigh in.
Hillary Clinton, on her campaign plane, responds to explosion in NYC https://t.co/4tfyUE2vNc— Liz Kreutz (@Liz Kreutz)1474168945.0
Even she called the attack "bombings" not accidents. The media had no problem with this. They did however, excoriate Trump for using the word "bomb".
We're very big at LwC on waiting for facts to come in before jumping to conclusions. All we know is that an IED went off. Here's what we do know...
1. 23rd and 6th is a pretty random area for a terror attack. If it was Times Square, it would be safer to assume terrorism. People should keep that in mind. That being said, I lived in Chelsea. It is known as the "gay" area of Manhattan, so I do wonder if we could be seeing something similar to Orlando. I'm surprised no one else has mentioned it. However...
2. The fact that it's identical to the IED explosion in New Jersey, along the route of a Marine charity run (which looks much less random), is waaaaaay too much of a coincidence.
3. We don't know what Bill DeBlasio knows. What we do know is that if the suspects were white or Donald Trump supporters, he would have no problem labeling it terrorism. I'm actually kind of shocked that he didn't find a way to blame it on gun control as it is. Whether or not he knows more than he's saying, or that there isn't more to know right now, we'll see...
For now? Everyone should stay vigilant, and prepare for what we're all expecting to happen next...