Monday morning started violently when a bomb tore through part of the Port Authority in Manhattan. The rush hour explosion happened at the juncture of the bus station and several subway lines. Chaos ensued. The subway was evacuated. Fears of terrorism prompted an immediate response from both first responders and law enforcement and it is reported that one person is in custody.
Fox News spoke with an NYPD source that confirmed it was a suicide bomber. The perpetrator was “strapped with a bomb.”
An NYPD source on the scene told Fox News a device went off and there was a person strapped with a bomb.
As this is yet another terrorist attack, the President has been briefed.
The explosion happened near 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. The A, C, E subway lines were evacuated.
Big police/fire presence near Port Authority NYC. Subway entrances closed. Something going on pic.twitter.com/DigFBm8psd
— Ed Baig (@edbaig) December 11, 2017
Pedestrians on the scene heard the explosion and panicked. Many are describing their flight from the area as a stampede.
“Port Authority is the largest bus terminal in the U.S. and about 232,000 commuters go through the area daily,” Fox writes. ” The number of passengers is expected to jump to 337,000 daily by 2040.”
Francisco Ramirez told CNN he heard two explosions as he was exiting a bus about 7:45 a.m.
“From what I saw it sounded like it came from the subway, but I’m just guessing,” he said. “It was two distinct explosions seconds from each other. As I was making my way toward the outside, I kept getting shoved by cops and there were cops at every entrance blocking and there was police and SWAT everywhere.”
“It was scary. It was just a lot of chaos but I didn’t see any injuries.”
Marlyn Yu Sherlock was on the street at the panic ensued. “The PA system was still blaring Christmas carols,” Sherlock said. “It took about four minutes before men in black cop uniforms started shooing people out of Port Authority. As I walked further away from the building, I kept asking the heavily armed cops what it was. They said ‘suspicious package.'”