Around 7:20 am, a loud boom caused commuters at New York’sPort Authority Bus Terminal (West 42nd between 8th and 9th) to run for safety.
Later, law enforcement found Akayed Ullah, 27, a Bangladeshi native, strapped with a “low tech” explosive device that detonated prematurely. Living in the United States for seven years, Ullah, was found with wires attached to his body. The front part of his clothes burned almost off. Reportedly, the explosion left no structural damage and Ullah is in Bellevue hospital.
Considered a small explosion, four injuries occurred in what has been described as a stampede out of one of the most active stations in the city. Those injured went to Mt. Sinai West, and Mt. Sinai Queens.
Shortly after the emergency, Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City’s mayor held a press conference.
MTA Emergency Preparedness
Subways are the life’s blood of how New Yorkers move about the city. With looming future safety issues, the dated Metro Transit Authority (MTA) system comes into question.
Although the morning safety issue caused major subways delays and heightened security, following 9/11, New York city and the MTA implemented more effective emergency plans since 9/11.
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