At least 25 people have been injured in an explosion that rocked the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York, which occurred at around 8:30pm last night.

According to the New York Times, the blast which came from a dumpster blew out windows and forced the closure of nearby blocks. The Fire Department says that none of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.

There are no official reports on what caused the explosion. However, the city Mayor Bill de Blasio said the explosion was an “intentional act”, but there are no confirmation that it is an act of terrorism.

Reacting to the development, the White House issued a statement saying that President Obama is now aware of the explosion.

“The president has been apprised of the explosion in New York City, the cause of which remains under investigation. The president will be updated as additional information becomes available,” the statement said.

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