Explosion reported at Port Authority Bus Terminal in NY

The suspect, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, was indicted last month on murder and terror-related charges, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY said. Avoid the area. Subways bypassing #PortAuthority and Times Square Stations.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill said it was a "terror-related incident", CNN noted, while Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed it as an "attempted terrorist attack", according to Time. "We could hear people yelling, 'Get out!" "Everybody was scared and running and shouting".

John Miles was waiting for a bus to MA when he saw police bounding through the massive facility.

"A woman fell, and nobody even stopped to help her because it was so crazy,"Alicja Wlodkowski, 51, told the Times".

The Exclusive Bus Lane (XBL) has reopened after briefly being closed. Subway train service returned to normal after earlier disruptions.

Police have identified the suspect in an explosion in NY as Akayed Ullah, a 27-year old Bangladeshi native who now lives in Brooklyn. Police shut down the entire block and there was a heavy police presence outside the home. NY in December sees a surge of visitors who come to see elaborate store displays, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and Broadway shows.

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Authorities are investigating the incident as a possible "lone wolf" attack based on the rudimentary construction of the device, reports CBS New York.

On a typical weekday, about 220,000 passengers arrive or depart from the terminal on more than 7000 buses.

In a tweet, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump, too, had been briefed. The A, C and E subway lines were being evacuated, Sgt. Brendan Ryan told HuffPost, and the busy Port Authority bus terminal was temporarily shut down. Buskers and other entertainers at entrances to the tunnel often draw crowds.

S&P 500 index emini futures dipped in the moments after the initial reports of an explosion, but major stock indexes later opened slightly higher.

The Port Authority is a transportation hub where buses and trains operate.

  • Adam Floyd