29-injured in NYC explosion; appears to be an ‘intentional act’

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(CNN) New York City–  An explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York on Saturday night injured 29 people, the fire department said.

Officials have determined the explosion of a device near a dumpster was an ‘intentional act’.   Mayor Bill DiBlasio said during a press conference however, that there is no evidence to link this incident as terror-related.  Officials are still trying to assess what caused the explosion.

Authorities have just cleared the scene of a second possible device on 27th Street.

An eyewitness told CNN affiliate NY1 he was having dinner when an explosion rocked the area.

 “[I] felt a loud explosion and I felt like a lightning bolt struck the building. It, like, shook the ground,” he told NY1. “Everybody ran out of the restaurant into the street. The whole city was in the street.”
He says the response by police who swarmed the area was “aggressive” but “controlled.”
The man told NY1 he lives in the neighborhood and knows it well.
“I walk down the street every day. … This is my main thoroughfare. I’m either in an Uber, a cab, or on foot on this street all the time. This is my neighborhood. This isn’t a tourist attraction. It’s just the middle of the city. It does frighten me.”
Some social media users said the sound of the explosion was heard as far away as Hoboken, New Jersey, across the Hudson River from Chelsea.