An explosion this morning in New York City’s Central Park reportedly injured one man who either lost his leg or will need an amputation, given conflicting witness reports.
Just saw someone blow their leg completely off with a fire work #welcometonewyork
— Maura Davis (@davis_maura) July 3, 2016
3 friends were climbing on rocks in Central Park. 1 landed on something that caused small explosion. He was taken to hospital w/ leg wounds.
— Maggie Kent (@MaggieKent6abc) July 3, 2016
— Edgar Sandoval (@edjsandoval) July 3, 2016
A man had his foot blown up in an explosion which took place in Central Park this morning.
Connor Golden, 18, had his left foot blown off when he stepped on something as he was climbing rocks with friends Thomas Hinds, 20, and Joseph Stabile, 18.
Despite fears that the explosive was a terrorist device, cops say it was more likely a pre-Independence Day ‘experiment’ by a chemistry enthusiast, and that the chances of Golden – or anyone – triggering the explosive were low.
Speaking at a press conference held in front of the rock where the explosion took place, NYPD Deputy Chief John O’Connell said that there was ‘no evidence that (the explosion) was related to terrorism’ and that there had been ‘no credible threats against New York’.
These conclusions were preliminary, O’Connell warned, but police were confident in their beliefs.
The officer went on to say that it was ‘not unusual’ for people to experiment with homemade explosives and fireworks around July 4.
Cops believe the intent of the explosive’s creator was just to ‘make a loud noise, make a flash’, he said.
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