NEW YORK, N.Y., - A second refuse container exploded on the west side of New York City Saturday night, about 12 hours after a pipe bomb detonated in a Seaside Park, New Jersey in the morning.
According to the Fire Department of New York, a suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded in a dumpster on W 23rd Street in the area of 6th and 7th avenues in Manhattan around 9 p.m.
The FDNY is reporting around 25 civilians injured in the blast.
Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are currently on the scene and are investigating the blast.
Authorities are not saying yet if tonight’s explosion is related to a pipe bomb exploding on the Jersey Shore around 9 a.m. this morning.
The Semper Five 5K run had been scheduled to begin shortly after 9 a.m., but the start was delayed and no runners were in proximity to the trash can when the explosion occurred.
The race was canceled after the blast, according to a press release from the U.S. Office of the Attorney General this afternoon.
We will update this report as more information becomes available.