NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) — Investigators identified traces of some of the ingredients in a homemade explosive device that detonated July 3 in New York’s Central Park.
Trace elements of TATP, or triacetone triperoxide, were found, a New York Police Department statement released Thursday said. The chemical, which has been found in explosives used in terrorist attacks, can be made from common household chemicals, including those found in beauty supplies.
A tourist, Connor Golden, 18, was injured when he and two friends jumped from a rock onto the device, hidden in a shopping bag, and it exploded; the injury resulted in the amputation of his foot.
Police believe the device was a discarded practice bomb. It contained no fuse and was not enveloped in any contents, like ball bearings, which could cause mass casualties.
“What seems likely at this point is that we have … an explosive hobbyist or an experimenter. I believe we have somebody that made this material and then he wanted to test it,” said NYPD Lt. Mark Torre.
The explosion occurred in the public park the day before the Fourth of July holiday. The NYPD has offered a $10,000 reward to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible for making the explosive device.