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These 3 Facts Put the New York City Explosion Into Perspective

September 18th 2016

By:
Danielle DeCourcey

A bomb went off in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday, injuring 29 people.

"A bomb exploding in New York is obviously an act of terrorism," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday, according to CNN, although the persons and motivation behind the bombing are not yet known.

The bombing was obviously frightening. But dying from a terror attack is still relatively rare for Americans.

Here are three statistics you should consider when thinking about the New York City bombing in Chelsea:

  1. More than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease and more than 500,000 die from cancer each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  2. More than 30,000 Americans were killed by firearms in 2014 according to the CDC.
  3. Americans are more likely to be killed by a home appliance than a terror attack, according to Ohio State University.

Only 32 U.S. civilians died from terror attacks worldwide in 2014, the latest year for which data are available, according to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.

ATTN: previously reported that the odds of an American being killed by a terrorist are somewhere between one in 3.5 million and one in 4 million.

Still, the bombing scared people on Twitter.

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