‘Several’ injured after explosion in New York City, police confirm

DEVELOPING: At least 25 people were injured after an explosion in Manhattan Saturday night, emergency workers confirmed to Fox News.

The blast was heard on West 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in the city’s Chelsea neighborhood. Police counterterrorism officers, a bomb squad and firefighters rushed to the scene.

All of the injured were expected to survive, the FDNY added.

A witness described the explosion as “very forceful,” telling Fox News it sent a “big cloud of black smoke” into the air as witnesses ran.

Investigators did not immediately give details on what may have caused the blast. Earlier Saturday, a planned charity run for Marines and sailors was canceled after a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, a 90-minute drive south of New York City.

Police blocked off nearby streets as the investigation continued.

The initial call came in at 8:40 p.m. Eastern time, police said.

City Councilman Corey Johnson, who represents the area, told cable news station New York 1 that FBI and federal Homeland Security officials were on the scene, in addition to New York City police.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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