Blast goes off in New York’s Central Park, man suffers serious injury

A man injured his foot after an explosion in New York City’s Central Park Sunday morning.

An 18-year old was walking through the park near Central Park Zoo when he stepped on what police suspect was a homemade firework.

The explosion could be heard from blocks away, according to reports.

The commanding officer of the New York Police Department’s bomb squad told reporters Sunday there’s no indication the firework was made to harm people.

The victim has been identified as Connor Golden, 18, from Fairfax, Va., according to the New York Daily News.

His two friends, Thomas Hinds, 20, and Joseph Stabile, 18, told the paper that they weren’t carrying fireworks when the explosion occurred.

“We don’t know what happened. There was a small explosion and then dust,” Hinds told the New York Daily News. “We really don’t know.”

The Fire Department said the man sustained a major injury, possibly an amputation, and was taken to a hospital. There was no immediate word on his condition.

Initially, reports indicated the park had been evacuated but an NYPD police spokesman denied that was the case.

With files from Associated Press

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