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A man suffered a severe leg injury Sunday after he was hit by an explosion in New York’s Central Park while climbing a rock.
Fire officials said the unidentified man may require a “possible amputation,” multiple outlets reported. Police and the bomb squad were on the scene.
The blast, which occurred just before 11 a.m., may have been caused by a firework, NBC New York reported, citing a law enforcement source. Police told reporters at the scene that traces of fireworks wrappers were recovered, The New York Times reported.
A portion of Central Park was closed as officials investigated the incident, ABC6 reported.
originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
a reply to: JetBlackStare
Fouth of July Weekend?
I'm staying home. Anyone who would willingly go to anything that has thousands and thousands of people in attendance these days has to be outta their minds. Even if it was not the 4th.
Two of his shocked friends — identified by sources as Thomas Hinds, 20, and Matthew Stabile, 18 — denied they were carrying fireworks moments before being taken away in an ambulance.
In an interview from the 19th Precinct stationhouse with the Daily News, Hinds said he first stepped down off a rock in Central Park, with his pal, Golden, behind him.
I got down the hill and boom, my ears were ringing. I felt a wave, a gust hit me in the back,” Hinds said.
“I turned around and saw him on the ground with his foot bleeding.
“It just demolished his foot. His foot was mutilated,” Hinds added.
Golden groaned on the ground but remained conscious.
“His foot was gone and he handled it pretty well,” Hinds said. “He's a tough guy...All he said was ‘get help.’”
Hinds said the group had no explosives — something he’d told police for an hour and a half.
“They’re questioning the hell out of me,” Hinds said.
He hesitated to say a bomb had gone off, because the explosion wasn’t that large.
“I want to say someone planted a firework or bottle rocket,” Hinds said.
“It seemed like he stopped on something that was pressure sensitive.”