Moment of Blast Among Trove of Never-Before-Seen Footage Entered Into Evidence at Alleged NYC, NJ Bomber Trial

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 29, is accused of detonating a pressure cooker bomb in Chelsea and a pipe bomb in New Jersey last year, injuring 30 people and sparking a days-long manhunt that ended with a dramatic shootout and wounded police. Rahimi was also shot multiple times. On Oct. 2, the Afghanistan-born U.S. citizen went on trial for crimes including using a weapon of mass destruction and interstate transportation of explosives.

On Day 1 of that trial, prosecutors entered into evidence never-before-seen videos and photos of the Chelsea bombing, including footage of the exact moment the device exploded.

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A pressure cooker bomb filled with shrapnel exploded on West 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues on the evening of Sept. 17, 2016, a Saturday night when the streets were crowded. This is the exact site of the bombing.
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The device was planted in a dumpster, and the blast was so strong it flung the 100-plus-pound dumpster 120 feet in the air, authorities have said. Dozens of people were hurt, none critically.
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Here's another look at the mangled dumpster.
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Evidence markers and other debris littered the street as authorities canvassed the area through the night and into the next day.
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Shrapnel from the blast was so forceful it put a hole in a car.
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The windows of the SUV were also blown out.
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