An explosion near Times Square in New York City shut down area subways early Monday morning.
The New York Times reports that the A, C and E lines have been evacuated, as well as the Port Authority bus terminal. The 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W and 7 trains are skipping the 42nd Street station.
Traffic update regarding incident at 42nd St and 8th Ave: No cars allowed to exit FDR Drive from 59st to 42nd St., — 45th to 40th St., 7th to 9th Ave remains closed. #PortAuthority pic.twitter.com/ejuOgyqg9u— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2017
According to the New York Daily News, the explosion occurred in an underground subway passage 200 feet from the Port Authority Bus Terminal at West 42nd St. and Eight Ave. No deaths were reported at the scene, although four people were wounded with non-life-threatening injuries.
“It’s pretty chaotic over there right now,” a law enforcement source told the Daily News.
According to the Daily News, Former New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Bill Bratton said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that preliminary information indicates the suspect is a man in his 20s, possibly from Bangladesh, “who supposedly was setting the device off in the name of ISIS, so definitely a terrorist attack, definitely intended.”
CNN reports that, according to preliminary information from law enforcement sources, the pipe bomb may have unintentionally exploded. The suspect was wearing a homemade device and attempted to detonate it, and it either malfunctioned or did not explode in the way it was intended to.