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I was in New York during the explosion

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I was in New York during the explosion

Remnants from the explosion (Photo by NYPDCounterterrorism)

Remnants from the explosion (Photo by NYPDCounterterrorism)

Remnants from the explosion (Photo by NYPDCounterterrorism)

Remnants from the explosion (Photo by NYPDCounterterrorism)

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I walk out of “School of Rock: the musical,” my first broadway play. My stepmom turns to me and says, “There was a bombing in New York.”

On Sept. 17, there was an explosion on the corner of 6 Ave. and 23 St. in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Less than eight hours ago, I was in that exact location.

Due to the explosion, at least 29 people are injured, one of which may be critical. The NYPD Counterterrorism Unit confirmed the explosion occurred within a trashcan but are still looking for other potential devices. The FBI and Homeland Security responded to the scene and continue to search the area.

That morning, I walked through Chelsea Market and across the High Line. It never crossed my mind that this would happen on my first trip to New York.

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