[guest post by JVW]
At roughly 8:40 pm Eastern time tonight an explosion rocked New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. At this point, 29 people are reported as injured, though thankfully it appears that there are no fatalities.
The blast was apparently at 135 W. 23rd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. Reportedly, a second bomb was found four blocks later at 27th Street. Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that the bombs were clearly placed intentionally, though he naturally hastens to add that there is not yet a clear link to terrorism.
Earlier today another bomb exploded along a race course in New Jersey that was to host a Marine Corps charity run, with no injuries reported. The race had been delayed when a suspicious backpack had been found along the race course, and had the race started on time it is believed that runners would have passed by the explosion point right as the bomb was detonated. Other explosive devices have been found along the route.
I’m guessing there will be plenty of news about this in coming days.