Under the #PrayforNYC hashtag, social media sites were filled with messages of support for those in New York.
#PrayForNYC What makes me sad is that the world has become such a terrible place. So bad that we have to pray for a city on a regular basis.— :-/ (@outerspcaevapor) September 18, 2016
i feel like there's literally nowhere to be safe and it's saddening.#PrayForNYC— ️️️ (@knewbiebers) September 18, 2016
2016 has been an awful year! Let's hope we can learn from our mistakes and make 2017 better #PrayForNYC— Ben Wild (@BenWildArt) September 18, 2016
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that no connection to terrorism had been found regarding the last evening’s blast in Manhattan.
"I have been briefed by all the relevant agencies. At this time there is no evidence of an international terrorism connection with this incident. But it very, very early in the investigation," Cuomo told reporters.
However, many expressed anger that the attacks have not yet been labelled acts of terror.
We all know who was responsible for the #Chelsea bombing as well as the minessota stabbing at the mall. Accept it and deal with the problem.— Deplorable 1TrueLib (@MrHurricane_) September 18, 2016
PrisonPlanet — Pressure cooker found with wires & mobile phone sticking out and written note.— DeplorableWalt (@psycotria) September 18, 2016
Give me a break.#Chelsea
People also highlighted the similarities between the “secondary device” found four blocks away, comprising of a pressure cooker with wires attached to it and that of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.
EXCLUSIVE SCOOP: "Second device is a pressure cooker IED. Same style used in the Boston Marathon bombing." #Chelsea— Ricky Vaughn (@Ricky_Vaughn99) September 18, 2016
As elections are looming some could not resist but to turn this incident to score political points.
Bomb blast in Manhattan = win for Donald Trump. The White House just got interesting. Go Donald, go go go— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) September 18, 2016
Some people are just really dumb. Especially those Clinton Supporters. They are denying that this is a terrorist attack. #PrayforNYC— LGMetsReport (@LGmetsreport) September 18, 2016
The explosion took place at the intersection of 23rd Street and 6th Avenue at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday (00:30 GMT Sunday). Investigators reportedly said that the bomb had been planted inside or near a dumpster in a crowded area where multiple bars and restaurants are located.