An improvised pipe bomb device exploded during this morning’s rush near the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan.
The incident took place at about 7:30 a.m.
The bomb was apparently being carried by a suspect when it exploded prematurely, CBS and NBC report.
The suspect has been identified as a man in his 20s and he is in official police custody.
The streets of Manhattan are currently flooded with NYPD officers, who can be seen directing traffic and canvassing the area.
At the scene, the police are accompanied by bomb-sniffing K-9 units and counterterrorism experts.
The Port Authority Bus Terminal has officially been shut down. Expect gridlock in the city this morning.
The A, C and E lines of the NYC Subway have been evacuated at this time.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said on Twitter that the mayor has been briefed on the incident
As a result of the incident, 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W and 7 trains are bypassing 42nd Street.
Expect traffic and transit delays near West 42nd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.
NJ Transit bus service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal may experience delays.
The NY Post reports that the would-be suicide bomber had wires attached to him and that his pipe bomb and a battery pack partially detonated inside the passageway to the N, Q and R trains. The Post reports that the bomber was taken to Bellevue Hospital.
The bus terminal is the nation’s largest and handles about 230,000 passengers every weekday, according to the Port Authority.