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Police: Amateur Firework Made Central Park Blast

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Sunday, 03 Jul 2016 06:11 PM

The Latest on a man who suffered a serious injury to his left leg after, his friends say, he stepped on something that exploded. (all times local):

5:40 p.m.

Police officials believe a homemade firework likely caused a blast in New York City's Central Park that seriously injured a man who stepped on it.

The commanding officer of the New York Police Department's bomb squad tells reporters Sunday there's no indication it was made to harm people.

Mark Torre likened the explosive to an experiment that an enthusiast with a rudimentary understanding of chemistry could build from household materials.

Investigators don't believe the injured 19-year-old or his friends took part in constructing the explosive. They're asking anyone with information to come forward.

Officials say the injured man is undergoing surgery on his left foot at a hospital. He's in stable condition.

They say police dogs are canvassing the park for possible explosives.

3:25 p.m.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is telling people to stay away from handling fireworks after an incident in Central Park in which a man was seriously injured in some kind of explosion.

De Blasio sent out a tweet saying, "Fireworks are fun — but let's leave them to the professionals."

Police say a 19-year-old man was hurt Sunday, and his friends say he stepped on something that exploded. The Fire Department said the man possibly suffered an amputation, and was taken to a hospital.

Officials have not yet said what caused the explosion or identified the injured man. The police department is investigating.

2:40 p.m.

New York City police said a 19-year-old man suffered a serious injury to his left foot in Central Park, and the man's friends say he stepped on something that exploded.

Authorities said the man had been in the park at about 11 a.m. Sunday. Police said witnesses told them the man had just stepped onto a rock when an explosion occurred. Witnesses said an explosion was heard blocks away.

The Fire Department said the man sustained a major injury, possibly an amputation, and was taken to a hospital.

Authorities didn't immediately identify the injured man.

The NYPD's bomb squad and police were investigating.

2:05 p.m.

Police say a 19-year-old man suffered a serious injury to his left foot in Central Park and witnesses told them he had just stepped onto a rock when an explosion occurred.

The blast, shortly before 11 a.m., could be heard several blocks away.

Fire officials say it happened inside the park at 68th Street and Fifth Avenue. The man suffered serious injuries, possibly needing an amputation, and was taken to the hospital. Police say he's from out of town, but didn't give his name.

A bomb squad was on the site. The police were investigating.

No other information is available.

12:05 p.m.

Authorities say a man was seriously hurt in Central Park and people near the area reported hearing some kind of explosion.

Fire officials say it happened shortly before 11 a.m., inside the park at 68th Street and Fifth Avenue. The man suffered serious injuries, possibly an amputation, and was taken to the hospital.

A bomb squad was on the site. The police were investigating.

No other information is available.

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