The explosion came just after 8:30 pm when a dumpster blew up outside a 14-story residence for the blind, the New York Post reported. At least 15 people suffered minor injuries, police told the paper.
Tweets from the area describe “one loud long boom.”
The explosion is described as being near 135 West 23rd Street in Manhattan. The New York Police Counter-Terrorism unit has responded to the blast.
The Associated Press reported that firefighters were at the scene and that the New York Fire Department said the blast was reported shortly before 9 p.m.
Earlier in the day a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey near a Marine charity run. The device was placed in a garbage can. (Courtesy USA Today)