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CT State Police Urge Vigilance After Bombing; 1,000 Officers To Be Deployed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo conducted a media conference Sunday morning in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, the site of Saturday night's explosion.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo conducted a media conference Sunday morning in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, the site of Saturday night's explosion. Video Credit: NYGovCuomo

Connecticut State Police are reminding residents to stay vigilant after Saturday night’s explosion in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood injured 29 people.

Troopers are asking Connecticut residents to report anything suspicious by calling 911, texting TIP711 with the information to 274637, or by calling the Homeland Security tip line at 1-866-HLS-TIPS, state police said.

New York State Police and the National Guard will also deploy 1,000 uniformed officers across New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.

Those agencies, as well as the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will remain on a heightened state of alert.

More than 29 people suffered injuries in the explosion , which occurred in the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan at 8:40 p.m. in a dumpster at 135 W. 23rd St. The New York Police Department was still investigating Sunday. An anonymous blogger claimed to be the bomber , but those reports were not confirmed by officials.

Cuomo, who visited the site of the explosion and delivered an update on the scene, said he directed the deployment out of an abundance of caution to high-profile locations.

"Whoever did this, we will find and they will be brought to justice," Cuomo said. "Life will go on in New York City as a normal Monday workday. We're not going to let them win."

Cuomo also announced that after a rigorous inspection, MTA and PATH train service has been restored and both systems suffered no structural damage.

All trains running on the E and F lines will continue to bypass the 23rd Street Station and trains running on the No. 1 line will not stop at 23rd Street or 28th Street Stations.

“Protecting the safety of New Yorkers and our state’s visitors is priority No, 1,” Cuomo said. “After thorough inspection, train service has been restored, and we continue to work closely with our local and federal partners to monitor the situation. Out of an abundance of caution, we are increasing security at high-profile locations across the city, and all state agencies continue to remain on alert.”

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