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Mystery Blast Leaves Man Seriously Injured in Central Park — Here's What We Know


One witness said his foot was “all but gone.”

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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.

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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.

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.

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.”

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