Around 7:20 a.m. this Monday morning as people were trying to get to work, there was an explosion near New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal.
“One male suspect is in custody,” the NYPD said in a Twitter post at 8:34 a.m. “No injuries other than suspect at this time. Avoid the area. Subways bypassing #PortAuthority and Times Square Stations. Info is preliminary.”
Citing law enforcement, the New York Post newspaper said that the suspect had been armed with an explosive device that had apparently detonated inside a tunnel near 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue.
Chelsea LaSalle, a commuter who was on the scene at the time of the incident, said that the sound of the explosion immediately set off panic in the crowded station.
“I got to Port Authority and as I was walking down to the subway people were stampeding their way up the stairs and screaming ‘get out get out,’” she said. “When we finally got out of Port Authority, there were dozens of cops, heavily geared and arms as well as fire trucks.”
The NYC Office of Emergency Management told commuters to expect delays across the city in the wake of the incident.