‘There will be more’: Chilling 911 call after the Chelsea explosion
By Larry Celona, Tina Moore and Shawn Cohen
September 18, 2016 | 1:05pm
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (right) and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (second right) look over a mangled dumpster while touring the site of the Chelsea explosion.
A 911 caller warned of further explosions right after the blast that rocked Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and injured 29 people, The Post has learned.
“I’m looking at the explosion down the block. There will be more,” the unidentified male said, claiming to be standing at 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue in the aftermath of the terrifying incident, according to law-enforcement sources Sunday.
Investigators believe the blast was the result of a home-made, pressure-cooker bomb similar to an unexploded device found later on 27th Street, sources said.
In another new wrinkle, a hand-written letter, a portion of which is in Arabic, was found inside a plastic bag that held the second device, sources said.
Cops were interviewing two men who claim to have spotted a potential person of interest in the case, sources said.
The witnesses were dining at the Krush bar and grill on 32nd Street about a half-hour before the 8:30 p.m. Saturday explosion when they saw an Arab-looking man who was carrying a suitcase and appeared out of place, sources said.
Mangled dumpster at the site of the Chelsea explosion. Photo: EPA
The men called 911 around 11 a.m. Sunday to report what they had seen and were brought to Manhattan for questioning, sources said.
Investigators have obtained surveillance video of a person placing the unexploded device, sources said.
It was found by an older woman who was phoned by a friend checking on her in the wake of the explosion, sources said.
The woman went outside her home and noticed the bomb, then called 911.
State police secured the device, and it was taken to the NYPD firing range at Rodman’s Neck for investigation, sources said.
Initial analysis of the garbage Dumpster that was ripped apart in the blast suggests whatever blew up was placed outside the bin, sources said.
The blast pattern shows the metal is bent inward, and an explosion inside the Dumpster would have bent the metal outward, sources said.
Meanwhile, sources said investigators were “vetting” an online Tumblr page on which someone claiming to be “the NY Bomber” took responsibility for the blast and said the motive was a response to anti-gay “violence and oppression.”
“I did it because I cannot stand society. I cannot live in a world where homosexuals like myself as well as the rest of the LGBTQ+ community are looked down upon by society,” one post says.
The Tumblr page was taken down early Sunday afternoon.
Additional reporting by Jamie Schram