Congressman Pete King Statement on Bombing in Chelsea
Press Release – This Saturday night’s bomb explosion on 23rd Street in Chelsea and the finding of a pressure cooker device on 27th Street demonstrate once again how dangerous our world has become. This morning I visited and examined the bomb site with the NYPD and FBI. Several preliminary observations: (1) The FBI and NYPD are conducting a totally thorough investigation. (2) The fact that there is no evidence of a specific terror threat means nothing at this time. Several days went by before terrorism was proven with the Boston Marathon, San Bernardino and Orlando attacks. (3) There must be a full investigation to determine if there is any connection between the Chelsea explosion and the very similar attack in New Jersey earlier that day. (4) If Chelsea is determined to be terrorism, this demonstrates once again the need to have advance intelligence which requires increased surveillance of communities where terror threats come from. (5) Walking the crime scene with the FBI and NYPD, I was struck by how powerful the bomb was and how much damage there was up and down 23rd Street. Thank God there were not more casualties with more severe injuries.