At least 29 people were injured in an explosion in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood today (18th) morning (Sri Lanka time) states international media. . None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, according to fire officials.
The blast had occurred around on 23rd Street between 6th and 7th avenues. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion.
A device believed to be a pressure cooker has been found on West 27th Street, four blocks from the initial blast on West 23rd, and is under investigation. Earlier a bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey shortly before thousands of runners were to participate in a charity race there. No injuries were reported.
Chelsea is among the most fashionable districts of Manhattan and its bars and restaurants are usually crowded at the weekend.
Many state leaders are visiting New York to attend the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. President Maithripala Sirisena left a short while ago to attend the UN session.