NC woman among those injured in New York City explosion

From left: Sarah Stringfield, Jim Stringfield, Donna Stringfield, Laura Stringfield (Family photo/WBTV)
From left: Sarah Stringfield, Jim Stringfield, Donna Stringfield, Laura Stringfield (Family photo/WBTV)

SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV/CBS News) – A woman from Salisbury was “hit by shrapnel” from the blast that took place in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City on Saturday night, according to her family.

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Sarah Stringfield is the daughter of Dr. Jim Stringfield and wife Donna.

“I just spoke with daughter Sarah, who assures me she is OK,” Dr. Stringfield said on Saturday night.  “She and two of her friends were walking in Chelsea when there was an explosion. She immediately ducked, then realized she had been hit by shrapnel in the legs and stomach. She is now at NYU hospital and is in good spirits. I thank God the life of my daughter and others has been spared. In 2001 she and her sister, along with others from First Baptist Church, were on the observation deck of the World Trade Center; one month later the buildings collapsed as part of a terrorist attack.”

According to CBS News, the blast occurred on West 23rd Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood shortly after 8:30 p.m. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was too early to determine what caused the explosion, but early indications are that it was an “intentional act.” However, de Blasio said it there was no evidence of a terrorism connection as of late Saturday night.

Twenty-nine people were hurt in the explosion, including one considered seriously injured, officials said.

Sarah Stringfield was released from the hospital early on Sunday morning and was home by 5:00 am, according to her sister.

According to CBS News, the NYPD investigated a possible second device, confirmed to be a pressure cooker, on 27th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. A bomb disposal robot was deployed at the scene and the device was safely removed for further analysis, police said.

Police investigated a third suspicious package on 28th Street and 5th Avenue, but it turned out to be nothing dangerous.

Meanwhile, law enforcement was already reviewing surveillance video of the area where the explosion occurred looking for clues, CBS station WCBS reported.

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