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. A portion of Central Park was closed as officials investigated the incident, ABC6 reported.
“We don’t know what happened,” one of the man’s friends told The New York Daily News. “There was a small explosion, then dust.”
The man was climbing a large, sloping rock when he stepped on something that “exploded,” a witness told CBS2.
“I saw his friends standing there panicking,” a witness, John Murphy, told The New York Daily News. “I saw the young man laying on the grass. His foot is all but gone. His friends claimed he was walking down the rocks and he stepped on it.”
The incident, near Fifth Avenue and 68th Street, happened just a few blocks from where a funeral was being held for Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel and was also near the Central Park Zoo, police said.