An anonymous 9/11 caller has warned police of further explosions following the blast that hit Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday.
The unidentified male warned law-enforcement officers that “I’m looking at the explosions down the block. There will be more”.
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Investigators believe the blast was the result of a home-made, pressure-cooker bomb similar to an unexploded device found later on 27th Street, sources said.
In another new wrinkle, a hand-written letter, a portion of which is in Arabic, was found inside a plastic bag that held the second device, sources said.
Cops were interviewing two men who claim to have spotted a potential person of interest in the case, sources said.
The witnesses were dining at the Krush bar and grill on 32nd Street about a half-hour before the 8:30 p.m. Saturday explosion when they saw an Arab-looking man who was carrying a suitcase and appeared out of place, sources said.
The men called 911 around 11 a.m. Sunday to report what they had seen and were brought to Manhattan for questioning, sources said.
Investigators have obtained surveillance video of a person placing the unexploded device, sources said.
It was found by an older woman who was phoned by a friend checking on her in the wake of the explosion, sources said.
The woman went outside her home and noticed the bomb, then called 911.
State police secured the device, and it was taken to the NYPD firing range at Rodman’s Neck for investigation, sources said.
Initial analysis of the garbage Dumpster that was ripped apart in the blast suggests whatever blew up was placed outside the bin, sources said.
The blast pattern shows the metal is bent inward, and an explosion inside the Dumpster would have bent the metal outward, sources said.
Meanwhile, sources said investigators were “vetting” an online Tumblr page on which someone claiming to be “the NY Bomber” took responsibility for the blast and said the motive was a response to anti-gay “violence and oppression.”
“I did it because I cannot stand society. I cannot live in a world where homosexuals like myself as well as the rest of the LGBTQ+ community are looked down upon by society,” one post says.
The Tumblr page was taken down early Sunday afternoon.