Explosion in Central Park Leaves 1 Injured: Reports

July 3, 2016 Updated: July 4, 2016    

An explosion in New York City’s Central Park left one man injured on Sunday morning, according to witnesses.

On social media, users uploaded photos of a man being taken away on a stretcher from around 5th Avenue and 68th Street in Central Park.

Graphic photos uploaded to social media show the victim’s mangled foot. Other photos also show the man being taken out of the park in a stretcher.

The New York Daily News reported that the man’s foot was severed in the incident.

“We don’t know what happened. There was a small explosion and then dust,” said one friend of the man who didn’t give his name, according to the Daily News. “We really don’t know.”

Initial reports about the alleged explosion started coming in at around 11:10 a.m. ET. “There was a big [expletive] boom in Central Park just now,” one person wrote. “Explosion in Central Park just now, didn’t see it but it’s not good,” said another.

Sarah Maslin Nir, a New York Times reporter, wrote: “Outside Wiesel’s funeral heard a huge explosion now,” referring to the funeral of Jewish writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. “Running into Central Park found a young man with his left leg blown off,” she wrote.

Nir added: “The young man is safely on his way to hospital … No official word as to what transpired. His friends said he was walking [and] stepped on something.”

It’s not clear yet what caused the blast, police said, reported ABC News. The bomb squad is on the scene. 

CBS Local reported that the victim could have a possible amputation. A witness told the station that a man climbing a rock structure stepped on something that “exploded.”