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Subways & Stations Evacuated As NYPD Responds To Commuter-Hour Explosion In Manhattan

An explosion in the underground passage between subway stations at Time Square and Port Authority Bus Terminal interrupted the morning commute on Monday as areas were evacuated and New York City Police Department (NYPD) began investigating the cause of the blast, according to NYPD on Twitter. 

Police said that the The Police Department evacuated the A, C and E trains and the Port Authority bus station. In a follow-up tweet, they added that one suspect was in custody and urged people to avoid the area. 

As The New York Times reports, the suspect was reportedly alone with a device that appeared to have gone off “prematurely” while in the underground passage. The suspect reportedly sustained serious injuries and is being treated at Bellevue Hospital. 

The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) also confirmed around 10 a.m. EST that “a total of 4 injuries reported at the scene of an explosion at Port Authority. All injuries are non-life-threatening.”

Later Monday morning, New York City and State officials held a press conference to address the incident. Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and James P. O’Neil, the NYPD Commissioner, urged witnesses and people with information on the individual behind the explosion to come forward. 

During the press conference de Blasio said that the incident was an attempted terrorist attack on the city.

“Our lives revolve around the subway. The choice of New York is always for a reason, because we are beacons of the world. And we show that a society of many background and many faiths can work,” de Blasio said. “The terrorists want to undermine that. They yearn to attack New York City.”

Her Campus will continue to update this story as it develops. 

Katherine (or Katie) is the News Editor and resident witch at Her Campus. She first fell in love with journalism while attending SUNY New Paltz ('14). Since then, she has worked on the staffs at MTV News and Bustle writing about politics, intersectional social issues and more before serving as staff researcher at Lady Parts Justice League. Her work has been published in Women's Health, the Daily Dot, Public Radio International (PRI) and WNYC and she's been a regular panelist on a few podcasts (mostly screaming about repro rights.)  She is a Libra with a Taurus moon and a Scorpio ascendant, which either means nothing or everything. She loves strong diner coffee, reading tarot for strangers at the bar and watching the same three horror movie documentaries. She lives in the Hudson Valley with too many animals.