New York bombs “were both shrapnel pressure cooker devices”
The bomb detonated on Saturday in New York, and another device found nearby, were both shrapnel-filled pressure cookers – similar to the bombs used at the 2013 Boston marathon, reports say.
Citing top law enforcement officials, the New York Times said the two devices used flip phones and Christmas lights to detonate the explosive inside.
The blast, in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, injured 29 people.
Officials say it was a terrorist act, but no motive or suspect has been found
The second device was found four blocks from the site of the explosion and was removed safely. Police said it was destroyed in a controlled explosion late on Sunday.
The two devices were said to be different in design from the pipe bomb that detonated earlier on Saturday on the route of a charity race in New Jersey. That explosion caused no injuries.
New York mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “Was it a political motivation? A personal motivation? We do not know.”
“We know there was a bombing. We know it’s a very serious incident. But we have a lot more work to do to be able to say what kind of motivation was behind this.
“All possible theories of what’s happened here and how it connects will be looked at but we have no specific evidence at this point in time.”
Mr Cuomo said: “Whoever placed these bombs – we will find them and they will be brought to justice.”
Some 1,000 extra security personnel are being deployed to New York’s transport hubs, police said.
The page, which had a rainbow flag in its banner, said the bombs are a protest against the oppression of the LGBT community— even though they were left in one of New York’s most gay-friendly neighborhoods.
“You probably have all seen the news by now, the explosives detonated in New York City, that was me,” the first post said.
“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.”
It also singled out Donald Trump, saying, “I am not going to live in a country where it is OK to have a misogynist, xenophobic, racist Islamophobic, republican candidate running for President of The United States!”
In a second post, the author wrote, “I don’t know exactly how I feel about taking human lives.”
“I suppose I’m just going to have to move forward knowing that what I am doing had a purpose and will in fact make a difference,” it said.
“I’ll keep you all posted.”
Both posts were published Sunday.
NYPD sources said authorities have found an image in surveillance video showing a man “dropping” something near a dumpster prior to the blast in Chelsea that injured over two dozen people.
NYPD sources told CBS2 the person has not been identified, but they want to talk to him and others seen on video as potential witnesses in the area prior to the blast on West 23rd Street.
Police also have images from the second scene where a pressure cooker device failed to detonate on West 27th Street. Sources told CBS2 there are images of a man carrying what appears to be some type of case. They are looking to identify that individual as a potential witness and stopped short of calling him a suspect.
Police are using facial recognition software linked to criminal mug shot databases to try and identify.
NYPD sources also told CBS2 it is too early to tell if the devices are connected, despite reports linking the bombings in New York City and Seaside Park, New Jersey.
Sources said that there is no video or forensic evidence to support the theory that the same person was responsible for the bombing in Chelsea on Saturday night that injured 29 people and the pipe bombs in Seaside Park, New Jersey.
However, they have not ruled out a possible connection as both devices used cellphones as detonators, but that is common in explosive devices.
A federal official told CBS News they are aware of a page claiming responsibility for the bombing in Chelsea.
Authorities told CBS2 they are investigating but see the claim as an unlikely motive and more of someone just trying to take advantage of the opportunity.
not sure what the alleged rainbow flag bomber was trying to achieve..his manifesto makes no sense..i suspect its nothing..but these explosions and other devices found are all connected..lightning doesnt strike twice in the same spot..its all connected..but who is it?