Subway lines were evacuated and dozens of emergency vehicles swarmed the area near New York’s Times Square on Monday after a terrorism-related explosion triggered chaos near a busy transit hub.
Four people, including the suspect, were injured in the blast, authorities said. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the “terror-related incident” involved a “low-tech” device.
“The reality turned out better than the initial expectation and fear,” he said.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill said the blast occurred on a below-ground walkway connecting subway lines. Police responding to the scene found an injured man wearing an improvised, low-tech explosive device that he had “intentionally detonated,” O’Neill said.
The man, Akayed Ullah, 27, was taken into custody and rushed to a hospital with burns and other injuries, O’Neill said. Three people near him suffered minor injuries, O’Neill said.
“We are New Yorkers, we don’t live in fear,” O’Neill said.
The blast came at a time when the area was packed with commuters and holiday tourists in a city still on edge from a terror attack six weeks ago that claimed eight lives.
“The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, #Manhattan,” Police Department said in a tweet. “The A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time. Info is preliminary, more when available.”
Two hours later, all trains and buses were running, O’Neill said.
“While details are still emerging, I want to salute and thank @NYPD @FDNY and all our 1st Responders for their swift response to the explosion today,” tweeted Rep. Nydia Margarita Velázquez, whose district includes parts of Lower Manhattan.
After the blast, the Port Authority said its sprawling terminal remained open except for the entrance to the subway on Eighth Avenue. Later, the terminal was closed for about an hour before reopening.
President Trump was being briefed on the incident, the White House said.
On Oct. 31, a motorist in a rented pickup drove down a lower Manhattan bike path, killing eight people and wounding a dozen more before crashing into a school bus.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility, and Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbekistan native and New Jersey resident, was charged with providing material support to ISIS, violence and destruction of motor vehicles.