Explosion empties Port Authority transit station in New York

Dec. 11, 2017

The Times Square and Port Authority subway stations were evacuated after the explosion

An explosion rattled through one of the busiest transit hubs in New York City Monday morning, causing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of commuters.

According to the New York Times, the New York Police Department said that one person was in custody after the blast echoed through the passageway connecting the Times Square and Port Authority subway stations shortly before 7:30 a.m. EST. The suspect had reportedly been wearing an explosive device, and was believed by police to be acting alone.

The New York City Fire Department said four injuries had been reported. The subway stations were evacuated, and Port Authority Bus Terminal was also shut down.

Soon after the explosion was reported, New York residents’ commutes for miles away from the blast became chaotic. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported that nearly a dozen trains were skipping 42nd Street.

Commuters underground near 40th Street and 8th Avenue began to flee after the loud, muffled sound was heard in the Port Authority subway station. Police officers, firefighters and Port Authority counterterrorism officials tried to clear people from the bus station and the west side of 8th Avenue as sirens blared.

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Source: The New York Times