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Circa interviews New York City residents about living their lives in the aftermath of the Sept. 17, 2016, explosion in Chelsea. (Photo credit: Circa.)

Living with terrorism: New Yorkers cautious, undaunted after Chelsea explosion


Living with terrorism: New Yorkers cautious, undaunted after Chelsea explosion

WATCH  | Fewer than 48 hours after a pressure-cooker bomb detonated in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood and injured 29 people, New York City residents' reactions ranged from irked to undaunted.

Residents spoke with Circa on Monday, when suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami was taken into custody.

'We're going to be OK'

"My first reaction was that, 'Oh, that's a little scary,' because I only live, like, a mile away," Ishaan Nagpal told Circa.

Another New York City resident, Michael Pettey, said he initially was unnerved by the news but found normalcy in an unusual sight.

"There was an Abraham Lincoln impersonator who was drunk that was talking to the cops. And I thought to myself, 'You know what? We're going to be OK."

It's just scary. If 9/11 can happen, then anything else could just happen.
New York City resident Yemisi Onayemi

Yemisi Onayemi said she thinks things are OK now, but she worried past events may impact the future.

I'm going to continue to go live my life. There's no way that I'm going to stay clear of dumpsters or anything, you know?
New York City resident Michael Pettey

But Pettey said his day-to-day life will not change because of Saturday's explosion.

The Twitter humor account @BobbyBigWheel seemed equally unfazed by Saturday's events.

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