Fear and anger: Social media erupts after Manhattan explosion
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said investigators had ruled out a gas leak as the cause of the blast, but stopped short of calling it a bombing and declined to specify precisely what he believed may have triggered the explosion.
Under the #PrayforNYC hashtag, social media sites were filled with messages of support for those in New York.
I'm so shocked to here about manhattan, Everyone stay safe. #PrayForNYC 🙏🏻🇺🇸— Alex Phillips (@ItsAlexOkay_) September 18, 2016
everyday there's a new hashtag, when will it stop? i hope y'all stay safe 💜 #PrayForNYC— lau talks boys 🌐 (@jxgglypxffirwin) September 18, 2016
When will this ever stop💔 #PrayForNYC— Harry's Legend (@HarryxMendArmy) September 18, 2016
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
While others were quick to assume it was an attack carried out by Muslims, despite no evidence to back up this claim.
U CAN'T WIN WAR ON RADICAL ISLAM IF U DON'T EVEN THE HAVE GUTS 2 CALL IT BY ITS NAME.IDENYIFY PROBLEM-FIRST STEP TO PROBLEM SOLVING #Chelsea— 70 News (@70NEWS1) September 18, 2016
Some attempted to dispel the accusations against Muslims.
Wait for the official statement and factual information to be published, then post your opinion. #Chelsea— Stefan (@zashovski) September 18, 2016
remember that terrorism has no religion. please stop blaming islam since nobody knows who's really guilty #Manhattan— marty,, (@cloudsharrj) September 18, 2016
No evidence yet to say who did the #Manhattan. So quit blaming muslims or ISIS, sit your ass down and set down your gavels, judges!— Red498 (@Red498CP) September 18, 2016
100% done w non-New Yorkers exploiting our tragedies to push a hateful agenda. I'm in #Chelsea now & no one here is calling for a Muslim ban— Sejal Singh (@Sej_Singh) September 18, 2016
People also pointed to the similarities between the "secondary device" found four blocks away, consisting 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
Ugh… the bomb on W 27th street’s a pressure cooker bomb like the one in Boston. Instructions for those were in Inspire Magazine by Al Qaeda.— Ryan Duff (@flyryan) September 18, 2016
Others used the explosion 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
@KTHopkins ... so you'll be hoping for more bomb blasts in Manhattan? Few corpses scattered round would be even better for Trump?— Steve Moran (@steve_kiaora) September 18, 2016
Some pointed to the timing of the blast, linking it to US airstrikes in Syria on Saturday which killed members of the Syrian army.