An 18-year-old man suffered a serious injury to his left foot Sunday morning while walking through Central Park, the New York Daily News reported. Witnesses told police he had just stepped onto a rock when an explosion occurred.
The blast, shortly before 11 a.m., could be heard several blocks away.
The incident occurred near the synagogue where the funeral service of Eli Wiesel took place earlier today.
Elie Wiesel' words were "a testimony as what mankind can do to fight against oppression," Ronald Lauder @ funeral pic.twitter.com/71WYUr8LgN— Edgar Sandoval (@edjsandoval) July 3, 2016
Outside Eli Wiesel's funeral I heard a huge explosion just now. Running into Central Park and found a young man with his left leg blown off— Sarah Maslin Nir (@SarahMaslinNir) July 3, 2016
The young man is safely on his way to hospital.No official word as to what transpired. His friends said he was walking&stepped on something— Sarah Maslin Nir (@SarahMaslinNir) July 3, 2016
Fire officials say it happened inside the park at 68th Street and Fifth Avenue. The man suffered serious injuries, possibly needing an amputation, and was taken to the hospital. Police say he's from out of town, but didn't give his name.
Parts of Central Park closed after explosion near Central Park Zoo. Likely fireworks related, but bomb squad and counterterrorism on scene.— Ali Ehrlich (@ehrlichABC) July 3, 2016
A bomb squad was on the site. The police were investigating.
"There was a small explosion then dust," the young man's friends told the New York Daily News' Edgar Sandoval. They said the explosion they witnessed was "beyond the caliber of fireworks."
The victim was identified by sources as Connor Golden of Fairfax, Virginia.
One witness told the Daily News his foot was “all but gone.”