The suspect is in custody; other than the suspect, four injuries have been reported, all non life-threatening.
The explosion occurred in the walkway connecting the Times Square subway station and Port Authority bus terminal. Police are investigating the possibility that the suspect planned to detonate a homemade pipe bomb that he had strapped to his body, which may have malfunctioned and exploded prematurely, according to this report from CNN:
Preliminary information, according to two law enforcement sources, one local and one federal, indicates a pipe bomb may have unintentionally exploded.
A man wearing a homemade device attempted to detonate it, and it either malfunctioned or did not go off the way it was supposed to, according to one NYPD source.
New York police are responding to “reports of an explosion of unknown origin” in midtown Manhattan, at a location one block west of Times Square.
Shortly before 8 a.m. ET, police said a blast was reported at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, location of the the Port Authority bus and subway station. The NYPD say that in the city’s subway system, “The A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time.”
One person is in custody, according to two NYPD sources with direct knowledge of the situation.