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A second site is being investigated after a blast which injured at least 29 people in the Chelsea neighbourhood of New York City. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Police block a road after the explosion in New York on September 17, 2016. Picture: AFP / William Edwards

A SECOND possible bomb has been found in Manhattan as authorities confirmed an earlier explosion in Chelsea was a “deliberate act”.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was no evidence of a terror connection to the explosion that went off in a construction dumpster outside the Townhouse Inn of Chelsea in Manhattan that occurred about 8.30pm local time, but went on to say New Yorkers would not be intimidated and “are not going to let anyone change who we are or how we go about our lives”.

He said there was no credible terrorism threat to New York City at this point in time.

At least 29 people were injured, with one “may be critical”, in the blast, de Blasio said.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that the explosion appears to have come from a construction toolbox. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.

What is left after the trash can was hit in the explosion in New York's Chelsea neighbourhood. Picture: Twitter / NYPD Counterterrorism

What is left after the trash can was hit in the explosion in New York’s Chelsea neighbourhood. Picture: Twitter / NYPD CounterterrorismSource:Twitter

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said there is no evidence of international terrorism.

“Whoever placed these bombs, we will find and they will be brought to justice,” he said.

“At this time there is no evidence of an international terrorism connection. But it is very early in the investigation and it’s just starting.”

The “deafening” explosion was so powerful that the dumpster flew from the north side of the street and landed on the south sidewalk without hitting anyone or anything, police sources told The New York Post.

NYPD officers, including members of the Counterterrorism Squad, were on the scene, along with FBI agents and police helicopters with searchlights. Authorities urged New Yorkers to come forward with any information that could help authorities.

Police, firefighters and emergency workers at the scene of an explosion in Chelsea, Manhattan. Picture: Spencer Platt /Getty Images / AFP

Police, firefighters and emergency workers at the scene of an explosion in Chelsea, Manhattan. Picture: Spencer Platt /Getty Images / AFPSource:AFP

The explosion in New York's Chelsea neighbourhood injured multiple people. Picture: AFP / William Edwards

The explosion in New York’s Chelsea neighbourhood injured multiple people. Picture: AFP / William EdwardsSource:AFP

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been receiving regular updates on the explosion. He is in New York ahead of the United Nations General Assembly and visited the 9/11 memorial after flying in on Saturday (local time).

FBI Commissioner James O’Neil confirmed a second site was secured, four streets away, on west 27th St, north of the original explosion on w23rd.

The street had been cordoned off and a law enforcement official told The Associated Press that a second device appeared to be a pressure cooker attached to wiring and a mobile phone. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorised to speak about an ongoing investigation, said the device was found inside a plastic bag placed in a garbage bin on West 27th Street.

The Bomb Squad took the suspicious device to the NYPD gun range in The Bronx to be safely tested.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O?Neal said the cause of the September 17 Chelsea explosion remains unknown but based on preliminary information they have ruled out terrorism, natural gas, and said the incident is not connected to a blast in New Jersey earlier that day. The blast went off outside 131 West 23rd Street, injuring 29 people, 24 of which were sent to the hospital. One individual was described as having a serious puncture wound, according to commissioner O?Neal. Mayor Bill de Blasio did say ?we believe this was an intentional act.? Credit: Facebook/NYPD

A second device was found four blocks from the explosion that erupted in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York City. Picture: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images / AFP

A second device was found four blocks from the explosion that erupted in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York City. Picture: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images / AFPSource:AFP

The explosion was described by one neighbour as “deafening”.

“It was a quiet night and then I heard this deafening boom,” said Chelsea resident Jakar Aussin, who works at a Dunkin’ Donuts at 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue.

“My first thought was, ‘Oh God, a bomb,’ so I got down on the floor.

“I looked outside and it’s all broken glass, car alarms going off.”

A woman working at a nearby Starbucks, who asked to be identified only by her first name, Hannah, said: “It felt like lightning struck the building; everyone ran out. Cops were driving the wrong way up Seventh Avenue. It was nuts.’’

The Dumpster was consumed in a red fireball and sent up a cloud of smoke two stories high, said Deborah Griffith, 60, who was dining at a vegetarian restaurant on the block.

“People were running, holding their ears, rubbing their ears,” she said.

Two woman look on as police block a road after an explosion in New York's Chelsea neighbourhood. Picture: AFP / William Edwards

Two woman look on as police block a road after an explosion in New York’s Chelsea neighbourhood. Picture: AFP / William EdwardsSource:AFP

Police closed off the block for about two hours and ordered people already there to stay inside. Hundreds of people — including neighbours trying to get to their cars or apartments — milled around outside the barricades.

Witness Jakir Aussin, who works at a nearby Dunkin Donuts, described the explosion as a “deafening boom”.

“It was a quiet night, and then I heard this deafening boom,” Aussin told the New York Post.

“My first thought was, ‘Oh god, a bomb,’ so I got down on the floor.

“I looked outside and it’s all broken glass, car alarms going off — I still don’t know what happened.”

Police spokesman J Peter Donald said on Twitter that the explosion happened at about 8.30pm, with several people taken to hospitals with injuries.

The Fire Department tweeted that none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.

No detail about the extent of damage was immediately available.

Another witness, Chris Gonzalez, of Dallas, was having dinner with friends at a restaurant. The 26-year-old said she heard and felt a blast and the restaurant “went quiet”.

The explosion, said to be an ‘intentional act’, was outside the Townhouse Inn of Chelsea in Manhattan. Picture: Twitter

The explosion, said to be an ‘intentional act’, was outside the Townhouse Inn of Chelsea in Manhattan. Picture: TwitterSource:Twitter

The reports of a possible blast come hours after a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, shortly before thousands of runners participated in a charity 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors.