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welcome to "world news tonight." breaking news. three potential terrorist attacks on u.s. soil, including a bomb blast in new york city. the moment an explosion rips through a manhattan neighborhood, dozens injured. police warning people to get back. >> everybody get off of the street! >> a second pressure cooker device found nearby. and now, the investigation. >> we know there was a bomb. that this was an intentional act. >> the manhunt under way for a bombmaker on the loose. the charity race attack the same day, detonated with a cell phone at a benefit run for marines. authorities working tonight to determine if all three bombs are connected. plus, the stabbing spree inside a minnesota mall, a suspect in a security guard uniform invoking allah, stabbing nine people before police took him down.
responsibility. toxic sinkhole. more than 200 million gallons of radioactive water already flowing into the source. residents worried about their drinking water. and, fire in the sky. the plane full of skydivers, engulfed. crashing into an arizona home. how the passengers and pilot somehow survived. good evening. i'm tom llamas. as we come on the air, we're following breaking news. an urgent manhunt for a bomb maker who set off an explosive device in new york city. one of three separate attacks that authorities say may be terrorism. new york city on edge tonight, after this explosion next to a metal dumpster, detonated by cell phone. the blast ripping through the west side of manhattan. 29 injured as police swarmed, and residents were warned to get back.
pressure cooker with exposed wires, recovered by police. who are investigating it tonight. there are more than 1,000 additional officers including the national guard patrolling the streets of new york right now. and fears that it may be connected to another blast earlier in the day in new jersey. we begin with linzie janis at the blast site. >> reporter: tonight, the massive manhunt for the person or people responsible. for this terrifying scene. >> we know there was a bombing. that much we do know. >> reporter: surveillance images captured the moment this pow herb -- powerful blast strikes. just past 8:30 p.m. >> a bomb just went off in new york. >> reporter: this man walked towards the scene in shock. debris, everywhere.
>> reporter: within moments law enforcement descending on 23rd street. >> ma'am, get off the street with your kids! >> there was an explosion from a garbage pail. have units stay off the block. >> reporter: the force of the explosion blowing out windows. >> we just ducked. >> reporter: shards of glass and shrapnel. flying like missiles. >> i thought in my mind, a building was collapsing. >> reporter: ramon lopez racing to help this woman, bloodied and dazed. >> come with me. come with me. come with me. i'm helping you. you're okay. nothing is going to happen to you. >> reporter: first responders leading the injured into ambulances. >> all of a sudden we hear, boom! it was loud, and shook the building. >> reporter: investigators begin sifting through the debris.
dumpster, now a heap of twisted metal. >> this was an intentional act. >> reporter: then, word that a second suspicious device had been found just four blocks north. we've just been moved out of this area, near 26th street. the police telling us this is a hot zone, and they're looking at another device. two former new york state troopers finding this pressure cooker. residents told to stay away from windows. the neighborhood, still an active crime scene. found a link to international terrorism. >> what was the motivation? we do not know it yet. >> linzie, what are we learning about the more than two dozen injured? >> reporter: tom, i spoke with the fire commissioner earlier, he told me most of the injuries were shrapnel, glass, also people falling in the chaos. most of the 29 injured have been
all have now been released. >> linzie, thank you. while authorities are calling the blast intentional, investigators are pouring over evidence from the crime scene as the hunt for the bomber or bombers continues. brian ross with the manhunt tonight. >> reporter: as authorities tonight hunt for a bomber on the loose, the most important clue could be the device that did not explode, a pressure cooker connected to wires and a cell phone, found four blocks from the first blast site in a white plastic bag. apparently triggered in some manner by a cell phone. >> the word is both devices are pressure cookers, similar in construct. >> reporter: the new york police bomb squad used a robot to remove the device, and then sending it to a lab.
and registration on the cell phone. >> we want to do so intelligently, move forward, right now that is evidence that could be crucial to our case. >> reporter: investigators marking every tiny piece of debris on the street. they have determined the explosive was a commercially available substance called tannerite. police are also doing a slow motion analysis of the surveillance video of the scene to see if the bomber could be among the pedestrians before the blast. and afterwards, to see if the bomber use the chaos of the moment -- >> explosion from a garbage pail. >> reporter: to cloak his getaway. >> and brian ross joins us now. are there any suspects at this hour? >> at this point, no suspects are in custody at all. and there has been no claim of responsibility by a terror
but pressure cookers have been used by terrorists around the world. most recently, at the boston bombing three and a half years ago. and whoever was responsible, it certainly was terrifying and terrorizing to the citizens of new york. >> brian, thank you so much. and we're learning more about the pipe bomb earlier in the day that was detonated on the route of a charity race to raise money for marines. no one was injured, but as gio benitez reports, the blast could have been deadly. and authorities are not ruling out a connection to the new york bombing. >> i got some type of explosion inside of a garbage can. >> reporter: tonight, federal investigators looking into whether a pipe bomb that tore apart this trash can in new jersey is related to the bombings in new york city. >> shut down the run, get them out of the boardwalk. >> reporter: officials honing in on the cell phones used to
saying they appear to be similar types of phones. >> they are terrorism, though. there's no doubt about that. they are terrorism. >> reporter: the bomb was set to go off along the route of a charity race for the marine corps. >> it was a loud boom, like a bomb. the explosion was probably 20 feet high. >> reporter: luckily, the race had been delayed because of a large turnout. no one was in the area when the bomb exploded, and there were no injuries. >> if the ra started on time, we could have very well been dealing with an event with multiple casualties. >> reporter: the event is similar to the 2013 boston marathon bombings that killed three and injured hundreds of others, in what could be a copycat attack. and this is where that bomb went off. tonight, we know there were three components to the bomb, all wired together. but only one went off. tom, this could have been so much worse.
and meantime, the mall security in minnesota calling a stabbing -- shoppers running for cover after a man in a security guard uniform talking about allah chased people. eva pilgrim on what investigators are now learning. >> reporter: tonight, the fbi investigating about whether the man who went on a stabbing rampage had ties to terrorism. >> we are investigating this as a potential act of terrorism. >> reporter: today, isis calling the man a soldier of the islamic state. who acted in response to calls to target citizens. authorities say the attacker made references to allah during the five minutes of terror he brought to this mall. >> there was at least one victim who was asked if they were muslim. >> reporter: stabbing nine
the police now scouring mall security video. >> you saw him lunge at the police officer, and the officer then fired a few rounds. you see him fall, and you see him get back up. >> reporter: police say the attacker got up three times before the fatal shot. the officer, jason falconer, being called a hero. tonight, authorities are searching the attacker's home, trying to figure out what motivated him to walk into this mall and hurt nine people. tom? >> eva, thank you. and i want to bring in pierre thomas, three separate events. all have hallmarks of terror. as i watch our coverage, i'm amazed no victims were killed today. what are your sources saying about any possible links? >> they don't believe there are
but authorities are investigating whether the new york and new jersey bombings are linked. there's intense focus on cell phones apparently used in each attack. make no mistake, this is an extremely intense situation for law enforcement. these three cases are a reminder that the country remains in a high threat tempo environment. and with isis claiming credit for inspiring the minnesota stabbing, remember the fbi has identified roughly 800 isis sympathizers in the country. in the new york area, these incidents also have very bad timing. the united nations assembly is set to begin tomorrow in new york. so, what was already a security headache is now wrapped in an extra layer of concern. tom? >> pierre, thank you. and both presidential campaigns are responding to the attacks. donald trump saying we're going to end it. as hillary clinton released a
apparent terrorist attacks in minnesota, new jersey and new york. national security now squarely in the spotlight as the race tightens. the first debate just over a week away. here's mary bruce. >> reporter: less than an hour after the explosion rocked manhattan, donald trump spoke out. >> a bomb went off in new york, and nobody knows exactly what's going on. but, boy, we are living in a time, we better get very tough, folks. >> reporter: describing its confirmed. >> we have to let this investigation unfold. >> reporter: arriving in new york, hillary clinton seemed to scold trump for his quick determination. >> it's always wiser to wait until you have information before making conclusions. >> reporter: as the race tightens, the president is making an impassioned plea to african-american voters.
insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard. >> reporter: hoping to shore up support with minorities, trump is trying to put the birther movement he led behind him. >> president barack obama was born in the united states, period. >> reporter: obama mocking trump in his response. >> i am so relieved the whole birther thing is over. >> reporter: but as trump drops one false conspiracy theory, he's spreading another. >> hillary clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. >> reporter: that's not true, but today that didn't stop the trump campaign from repeating the claim. >> what is the proof? >> well, i just would refer you to news reports. >> reporter: clinton is not letting trump off the hook. >> we need ideas, not insults. >> reporter: but with his poll numbers surging, trump is unfazed. >> starting in 2017, anything we
achieved. >> reporter: and with the first debate eight days away, terrorism will likely play a bigger role. both candidates already prepping, sources say clinton has found a trump stand-in for rehearsals. tom? >> mary, thank you. next to florida, where a massive sinkhole has opened. despite what authorities are saying, as gloria riviera reports, residents are concerned. >> reporter: tonight, growing concern over this leak that's spewed toxic waste into a water supply source for millions of floridians. the leak, a problem for more than three weeks. an employee of the fertilizer company mosaic discovering this massive sinkhole, 45 feet wide in diameter. so far, 215 million gallons of what the company says is only slightly radioactive water has been released.
says, "we did not notify residents because there has been no offsite impact and no impact on residents." but not everyone is convinced. >> the first word that comes to your mind when you hear radioactive is cancer. >> reporter: mosaic says it immediately notified the epa and dep and began removing the tainted water, but the recovery process could take months. gloria riviera, abc news, washington. >> gloria, thank you. much more ahead on "world news tonight." after this man says his phone burned his leg. take a look at that. the lawsuit filed tonight. and a fire on a plane sends it crashing into a home. but get this. the passengers and pilot all survived. how they escaped, just in time. romantic moments can happen spontaneously,
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next, the growing outrage tonight. darren sharper is serving an 18-year prison sentence for raping several women. still, someone nominated him for the football hall of fame. despite the furor, his name will go before the selection committee next year. the organization says the players are selected by a separate panel, based solely on their contributions to the sport. now to an incredible moment. a hearing-impaired teen hearing something she hadn't heard in 14 years -- her mother's voice. >> can you hear my voice? >> that's breanna mendoza, hearing again thanks to a new cochlear implant. she joked, her mom's voice sounded a bit like a robot. still ahead, the 70-year-old discovers a ticket to the past. the magical moment that made him feel like a little boy. stay with us. who finds a ticke past.
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finally tonight, a 70-year-old took a chance on a contest and won a trip back in time. here's john donvan. >> now it's game time. >> reporter: 1957. the year the yankees lost the series to milwaukee in seven, also the year bazooka bubble gum slipped a contest ca its gum wrappers, which was somehow missed by a kid named darwin day. who, 59 years later, now a tour guide where the texas rangers play, came across such a card when clearing out some clutter. >> the contest was, you had to write in the scores of two baseball games. >> reporter: the scores of two games played on july 19, 1957. well, so, too late to play that card -- or was it? >> the deadline didn't have a year on it.
scores in, and sent it in by that date, it would be a joke for somebody. >> i got this very mysterious letter. >> reporter: addressed to tony jacobs, and it contained -- >> an old bazooka promotional card that i had never seen before. >> reporter: was it too late? well, yeah. but, why let rules get in the way? >> i wanted to do something for him to make the situation even more fun. >> reporter: and so, he had an assistant place the call to darwin. >> and she said i won. >> reporter: the prize, a mitt. much like the one he owned before his son died some years back. he put his old glove in his boy's casket to stay with him forever. so, not such a joke after all. the past circling back, in this game that's always been about going back home. jorn jorn donvan, abc news. i'm tom llamas in new york.
the search for a missing student from luther college." and police in new york are searching for suspects in an explosion that rocked a neighborhood and injured 29 people. you're watching kcrg-tv9. now, from your 24 hour news source, this is kcrg-tv9 news at 5:30. sheriff's deputies in winnieshiek county have the search for a missing student from luther college. decorah police reported bjorn norderhaug missing last night. someone last saw him around 2 o'clock yesterday morning at the corner bar in decorah. that's a couple of miles from the luther campus. kcrg-tv9's jordee kalk is live in winnieshek county. jordee, searchers found a body believed to be
police officers a few moments ago. officers there say they are handling the investigation into norderhaug's death. they found his body after police and fire searched areas along the upper iowa river. and around 930 a.m, the sheriffs office received a report that a body was found in the river, near clay hill road outside of decorah. police and fire crews were able to recover the body. officials th nor der how. in a statement today, the luther college president said "the luther community is devastated by this loss and continue to pray for bjorns family. we ask that the community come together and support one another in this difficult time" the college is holding a prayer device for nor-der- how tonight at 6. and again, decorah police say they are continuing to investigate this case. live in winneshiek