Three men were walking through a part of Central Park, when one of them stepped on an “unknown device” today. The explosion literally blew off the man’s foot above the ankle, according to police.
It is unclear what caused the explosion, and the park was not evacuated.
While both news media and the FDNY stated it was “probably” related to “fireworks,” the fact that this occurred not far from the funeral of a famous Holocaust Survivor and Author, Elie Weisel is suspicious.
Outside Eli Wiesel’s funeral I heard a huge explosion just now. Running into Central Park and found a young man with his left leg blown off
— Sarah Maslin Nir (@SarahMaslinNir) July 3, 2016
It is unknown what kind of “fireworks” could have caused a man’s leg or foot to be blown off when he stepped on them. It sounds more like some sort of booby trap or IED. Are officials being honest about this situation?
Officials have stepped up security at the park after the explosion.
Here’s video, courtesy of ABC:
— ABC News (@ABC) July 3, 2016
‘Small explosion’ reported in Central Park; one injured https://t.co/q9bKajrCYl
— Daily Kos (@dailykos) July 3, 2016
UPDATE: Central Park NOT evacuated after fireworks explosion https://t.co/O2bBNLfj5y
— Ben Berkowitz (@BerkowitzBT) July 3, 2016
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) July 3, 2016
Small explosion at Central Park leaves one man critically injured with severed foot or leg. pic.twitter.com/AUmR4qoJRO
— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) July 3, 2016
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) July 3, 2016
Police say a man’s foot was severed above the ankle after an explosion in Central Park. https://t.co/N4mlc5JE9c
— NY1 News (@NY1) July 3, 2016
— Lori Bordonaro (@Lori4NY) July 3, 2016