Police officers secured the scene after the explosion. Photo by Geoffrey Croft, A Walk in the Park.
An 18-year-old stepped on some sort of explosive in Central Park on Sunday, triggering a blast that severely injured his left leg. Connor Golden, the 18-year-old, was visiting the city from Fairfax, Virginia. He was walking in the southeastern section of the park around 11 a.m. when the explosion occurred, according to the Times.
Police told the Times the explosive device appeared to be “an experiment with fireworks.”
Lt. Mark Torre, the commander of the Police Department’s bomb squad, said he believed the man had encountered homemade fireworks that did not appear to be designed to explode from contact.
“Their goal is to make a loud noise,” Lieutenant Torre said, “maybe make a flash.”
The material, he said, could have been left behind days ago.
Doctors reportedly had to amputate the Golden’s leg below the knee.
— Gothamist (@Gothamist) July 4, 2016
This was not caused by a device, but was some type of explosive material and likely homemade fireworks. 2/5
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) July 3, 2016