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A Major Explosion Just Hit New York, Trains Are Being Evacuated, One Person In Custody

An explosion rocked New York City near the Port Authority bus terminal during Monday morning’s rush hour, a blast that prompted mass chaos and halted multiple subway lines, the NYPD said.

The apparent intentional act that prompted a call for multiple ambulances and an evacuation of several train lines, according to city officials and sources familiar with the investigation.

Law enforcement sources say one person was taken into custody, and at least one source close to the investigation says preliminary information indicates that person had wires and some kind of improvised device on the body.

Several people were reportedly injured. An NYPD source on the scene told NBC News a device went off and there was a person strapped with a bomb.

Witnesses said it smelled as if a firecracker had gone off after the 7:15 a.m. blast near 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force has responded, and the president has also been briefed on the situation.

Subways were avoiding the area and Port Authority was shut down as authorities investigated. Get more information on traffic changes here. Information on injuries wasn’t immediately available.

The Notify NYC Twitter account said to expect traffic and transit delays and emergency personnel at 42nd Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues.
The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the nation’s largest bus terminal and also the world’s busiest, according to the agency.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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