Breaking news out of New York City.
A pipe bomb has apparently gone off underneath the Port Authority Bus terminal in the tunnel leading to the subway right in the middle of rush hour.
You can see the explosion on this video.
BREAKING VIDEO: Moment of explosion at 42nd St and 8th Avenue in Manhattan pic.twitter.com/JwygdnnwNb
— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) December 11, 2017
One person is in custody after the explosion that prompted mass chaos and halted multiple subway lines.
From Fox News:
An NYPD source on the scene told Fox News a device went off and there was a person strapped with a bomb.
President Trump had been briefed on the incident, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted.
NYPD and FDNY officials confirmed to Fox News they were investigating reports of an explosion “of an unknown origin” near 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. Police tweeted the A, C, E subways lines were being evacuated. The terminal is “temporarily closed by authorities” at this time.
People reported a stampede after the explosion.
The NYC Office of Emergency Management also tweeted there was “police activity” near West 42nd Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues and advised commuters to expect delays.
Port Authority is the largest bus terminal in the U.S. and about 232,000 commuters go through the area daily. The number of passengers is expected to jump to 337,000 daily by 2040.
WATCH: @ABC News Special Report: Possible pipe bomb detonated in passageway below ground at Port Authority in NYC, police sources say; 1 person in custody; few injuries. https://t.co/gygpJ8X12q pic.twitter.com/Qjr3eRuMld
— ABC News (@ABC) December 11, 2017
They believe it to be ISIS, the report is the man had a bomb strapped to his body. It may have gone off prematurely.
BREAKING: Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton on @Morning_Joe, talking to NYPD sources: NYC Subway bombing appears to be ISIS, 20-something, possibly from Bangladesh, result of a bomb malfunction.
— Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) December 11, 2017
— Gregor Peter (@L0gg0l) December 11, 2017
From NY Post:
The suspected bomber – a 27-year-old who lived in Brooklyn – had wires attached to him and was armed with a five-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack as he walked through the Manhattan transit hub, sources said.
The man partially detonated the device, which he was carrying in the right side of his jacket, prematurely inside the passageway to the A, C, and E trains at 8th Avenue and W. 42ndStreet at around 7:40 a.m., sources said.
He’s a Bangladeshi national who has lived in the country for seven years.
NEW: Akayed Ullah is bomb suspect; Brooklyn resident, 27, came to U.S. seven years ago (correx name) https://t.co/qQdPRvg1CU
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) December 11, 2017
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]