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Trump says ‘bomb’ went off in New York before details of explosion confirmed

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Donald Trump said at a campaign rally here Saturday night that a "bomb went off" in New York City, as initial reports about a possible explosion in Manhattan were circulating.

"I must tell you that just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows exactly what's going on," said Trump shortly after he deplaned at a rally at a hangar here. It was not immediately clear based on reports what exactly unfolded in New York.

The Associated Press reported around the same time as Trump's remark that firefighters were at the scene of a possible building explosion in the city.

Trump added: "But boy, we are living in a time -- we better get very tough, folks. We better get very, very tough. We'll find out. 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. ... We'll see what it is. We'll see what it is."