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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has called the New York explosion a ‘bomb’ attack. But his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, reacted to Saturday night’s incident more cautiously, saying “we need to do everything we can to support our first responders.”Exclusive: Cellphone Video Shows NYPD Sergeant Throw Man To Ground During Violent Arrest On Lower East Side
She also said it was time “to pray for the victims” and told reporters that “we have to let this investigation unfold.”
Clinton said she was briefed about explosions in New York and New Jersey and a mall attack in Minnesota and is calling on the nation to support first responders and to pray for victims.
Clinton told reporters she believes that it’s better “to wait until you have information before making conclusions, because we are just in the beginning stages of trying to determine what happened.”
Trump moved ahead of New York City officials when he declared a “bomb went off” before officials had released details. He made the announcement minutes after stepping off his plane in Colorado Springs, Colorado.READ MORE: New York City Councilmember 'Baffled' By Mayor's Hesitance To Mandate Masks As Delta Variant Spreads
“I must tell you that just before I got off the plane a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows what’s going on,” Trump said.
He continued, “But boy we are living in a time — we better get very tough, folks. We better get very, very tough. It’s a terrible thing that’s going on in our world, in our country and we are going to get tough and smart and vigilant.”
The Republican presidential nominee made the comments around 9:10 p.m., shortly after the explosion and as emergency officials responded to the blast. A spokeswoman for Trump did not respond to an email asking whether he was briefed about it before taking the stage.
The blast rattled nearby buildings, CBS2 reported. Flying glass and dumpster debris injured 29 people.
The blast came hours after a device exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey Saturday morning, shortly before thousands of runners participated in a charity 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors.
De Blasio said at this point, there is no indication that the two incidents are connected.MORE NEWS: Criminal Justice Expert Says Police Intervention Only Part Of Solution To New York City's Gun Violence