Virginia teen has leg amputated after bizarre blast in New York City’s Central Park
A college student from Fairfax, Va., was seriously injured Sunday in New York City’s Central Park when he unwittingly jumped on explosive material that had been left next to a rock, according to police and his family.
The bizarre accident forced the amputation of 18-year-old Connor Golden’s left leg below the knee and set the nation’s most-populous city on edge a day before the July 4 holiday was expected to draw thousands to watch the city’s annual fireworks display.
New York City police officials said at an evening news conference that they had no evidence to indicate the blast was related to terrorism and had documented no credible threats against the city. But many questions about the case remain unanswered.
Deputy Police Chief John O’Connell said the explosion occurred near East 60th Street and Fifth Avenue shortly after 10:50 a.m. Golden and two friends jumped off a rock, and Golden landed directly on the explosive material. A New York City Fire Department spokesman said the blast nearly blew off Golden’s foot, but his two friends were uninjured.