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Blast rips through Chelsea street: ‘Everybody started running’


Updated: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:58 PM

An explosion ripped through a Chelsea street Saturday night – injuring at least 26 people and sending horrified witnesses scattering, Fire Department sources said.

The NYPD Counterterrorism Unit, FDNY and FBI were on the scene investigating after the blast at W. 23rd St. between Sixth and Seventh Aves. at about 8:30 p.m.

Ryan McMillen, of Park Slope, said he was about to go downstairs for the subway with his wife and two daughters, ages 3 and 7, when he heard — and felt — the blast.

“It felt like a pipe bomb,” said Mercy College history professor. “It wasn’t huge. It was some sort of a bomb. It wasn’t a car backfiring.

A photo of an exploded dumpster at the scene of a mysterious blast in Chelsea. (Obtained by the Daily News)

“I got my family in a cab and high-tailed out of there.”

McMillen said he saw the back of a midsized SUV, black, with the back “totally blown out.”

“Everybody started running and screaming.”

He said the cops were there within seconds.

“It was well responded to.”

“I still feel it in my chest.”


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