Powerful Blast Brings Unexpected Threat to New York

An explosion shakes up NYC after injuring several in a Manhattan neighborhood.

Just days after the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, New Yorkers were put in a frenzy when a window-shattering bomb exploded in Chelsea, Manhattan on Saturday evening, leaving 29 injured and many nervous. With confirmation that the explosion came from a dumpster in a nearby alleyway, its force shattered windows, damaged cars and left people running in all directions from the packed sidewalk.

“I want New Yorkers to be confident when they go back to work on Monday that New York is up and running and we’re doing everything that we need to do,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Shutting down a large section of Manhattan, the police continued to investigate the crime the following Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, finding a homemade bomb a few blocks away that closely resembled that which was used in the Boston Marathon bombing. After thorough trackings of video cameras on surrounding streets and specialized robotic bomb testing, the police narrowed down the perpetrator behind the attack along with the specific source of equipment used, revealing the official manhunt and arrest results to the public on Monday.

Found sheltered from the rain under the doorway of a bar in Linden, New Jersey, offender Ahmad Khan Rahami was arrested and taken by ambulance after a shoot off with police Monday morning. Arrested for being the culprit behind both the Manhattan bombing and an explosion in New Jersey the same weekend, Rahami was later charged with seven counts, including five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, resulting in a bail set at $5.2 million.

Not only did the bombing in NYC leave Americans nervous this weekend, but also a stabbing which took place in a Minnesota mall, injuring nine people, and a bomb explosion outside of a public, U.S. Marine Corps charity race in New Jersey, cancelling the 5k event, but resulting in no injuries.

“There are angry people willing to go to drastic measures to get what they want,” Senior Haley Nickles said. “It’s always going to happen and there really isn’t a way to prevent it.”

Although ISIS claimed responsibility for the Minnesota stabbing, details behind the other two explosions from the weekend remain unconfirmed. However, investigators recently suggested that Rahami’s source of action was inspired by Al Queda and the Islamic State based on a detailed analysis of his journal.