No Russians injured in NYC blast - consulate general

People are being evacuated from nearby houses.

No Russians were injured in the explosion that struck New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, a spokesman for the Russian Consulate General told TASS on Sep. 18.

"Information about those injured is being verified," the spokesman said.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill said earlier today that 29 people were injured in the blast. O’Neill added that one person sustained serious injuries in the explosion. He noted that the cause of the blast has not been established yet.

It was earlier reported that New York City Police responded to a report of an explosion at 23rd Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan. People are being evacuated from nearby houses.

According to preliminary information, the explosion occurred on the street. The reasons are not clear yet. The police recommended people to avoid the area of the explosion. Ambulances and firefighters were dispatched to the scene, and the area has been cordoned off. Photos from the site posted on social networks show that several cars had their windows shattered by the explosion.

First published by TASS

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