BREAKING: NYPD Confirm A Pipe Bomb Explosion Near Times Square’s Port Authority Station
New York City officials report that one person is in custody, while multiple other statements say that the suspect detonated a pipe bomb in the Port Authority.
God help us, all.
The NYPD confirmed reports of an explosion near the Port Authority train-and-bus station in Manhattan on Monday. A pipe bomb was detonated by a 20-something-year-old male suspect, who is currently in custody, and at least one person has been injured by the blast. Multiple subway lines have been evacuated, and trains are bypassing Times Square and Port Authority.
The explosion occurred at West 44th Street and Eighth Avenue, according to sources. A man with a “possible second device” was arrested by the NYPD in the subway tunnel. He was described as “having wires coming out of him.” Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump have all been briefed on the situation. None have made comments at the time of writing this.
The A, C, and E subway lines are being evacuated at this time. The MTA said that the 1, 2, 3, N, Q, R, W, and 7 trains are bypassing the Times Sq-42 Street station in both directions and A, C, and E trains are bypassing 42nd St. / Port Authority-Bus Terminal in both directions. More information will be made available as it comes, the department said.
One witness says that he heard two explosions as he was exiting a bus around 7:45 a.m. this morning. “From what I saw it sounded like it came from the subway, but I’m just guessing,” Francisco Ramirez told CNN. “It was two distinct explosions seconds from each other. As I was making my way toward the outside, I kept getting shoved by cops and there were cops at every entrance blocking and there was police at SWAT everywhere.” Ramirez said he heard the blast through his headphones. “It was scary. It was just a lot of chaos, but I didn’t see any injuries.”
This is still a developing story.