A loud explosion shook the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night, prompting New York City police and fire department personnel to swarm the area, a Reuters witness said.
At least three people were seen being taken away from the apparent scene of the blast in ambulances, but the severity of their injuries was not immediately clear. A car seen driving through the area had its rear window blown out.
According to multiple reports on social media, a loud explosion was heard near the corner of 23rd Street and 6th Avenue.
New York City fire department officials reported at least 15 people were injured, and further reports suggested most of those injuries were minor.