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“We will not allow these type of people and these types of threats to disrupt our lives,” Gov. Cuomo said of the Chelsea explosion.

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 11:25 AM

The Chelsea explosion does not appear to be an act of international terrorism, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday.

“I’ve been briefed by all relevant agencies. At this time there is no evidence of international terrorism connection with this incident,” Cuomo said near the scene of the explosion on W. 23rd St. near Seventh Ave. around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The bomb was placed in or near a Dumpster outside a residential building for the blind.

The detonation left 29 people wounded, one seriously. They had all been treated and released from area hospitals by Sunday morning, officials said.

Police later discovered an un-exploded pressure cooker bomb with wires and a cell phone strapped to it a few blocks away on W. 27th St. between Sixth and Seventh Aves. around 11:30 p.m.

Explosion rattles Chelsea street, 2nd device found — 29 injured

Cuomo said the bomb that detonated appeared similar to the un-exploded device, adding that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is analyzing materials from both bombs.

Gov. Cuomo tweeted pictures from the scene of the bomb explosion at 23rd St. between Sixth and Seventh Aves. in Chelsea.

Gov. Cuomo tweeted pictures from the scene of the bomb explosion at 23rd St. between Sixth and Seventh Aves. in Chelsea.

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“The FBI has brought the evidence that they’ve collected from the site of the explosion as well as the bomb that did not detonate … to Quantico and they’ll be studying that.”

The blast occurred just hours after a pipe-bomb placed in a garbage can exploded in Seaside, N.J. around 9:30 a.m.

A dented dumpster is seen after it was blasted across the street by the detonation in Chelsea.

A dented dumpster is seen after it was blasted across the street by the detonation in Chelsea.

(Obtained by the Daily News)

“There was also an incident in Seaside Park, N.J. They’re also taking that material to Quantico to review that material also,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are coordinating resources to aid with the investigations. The pipe-bombs did not appear similar to the devices left in Manhattan, Cuomo said.

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Officials found a secondary device, a pressure cooker linked with wires and a cell phone, blocks away from the explosion.

Cuomo said about 1,000 State Troopers and National Guard members will be stationed at public transportation sites around the city as a precaution.

“We have no reason to believe at this time that there is any further immediate threat but just to err on the side of caution we will be deploying close to an additional 1,000 New York State Police and National Guard people to police the bus terminal, airports and subway stations,” he said.

Cuomo vowed to root out who planted the bombs in Cheslea.

“Whoever placed these bombs we will find and they will be brought to justice,” he said. “We will not allow these type of people and these types of threats to disrupt our lives.”

The explosion disrupted service to the E and F trains, which were bypassing the 23rd St. station in both directions Sunday morning – though the station itself was not damaged. E trains were also running along the F line, the MTA said. Both lines were expected to return to full service as early as Monday, the governor said.

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