Teen's Leg Is Amputated Below the Knee After He Stepped on Explosive in Central Park
The teen who was seriously injured in an explosion in Central Park Sunday had his left leg amputated below the knee.
Connor Golden, an 18-year-old tourist from Virginia, was in the New York City park near the corner of 5th Avenue and 68th Street just before 11 a.m. Sunday when he stepped on a plastic bag, causing something to explode.
The explosion could be heard during the nearby funeral services for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel, who passed away Saturday.
His two friends were stunned.
"There was a small explosion and then... dust," one told reporters at the park.
Police do not believe the blast had anything to do with terrorism, and believe a homemade firework was the likely culprit. A bomb-sniffing dog was seen entering the rock area where the explosion took place.
"There's no indication that this was an explosive device that was placed with a specific intent to harm any individual," Lt. Mark Torrey with the New York Police Department's bomb squad.
Golden was seen being rushed to the hospital on a stretcher. Doctors later amputated his left leg below his knee, according to reports.
Golden, from Fairfax, Virginia, is studying music engineering at the University of Miami. The family is having a tough time after the incident, his grandfather, Terry Golden, told NBC.
"Hopefully, between his parents and the Eagle Scouts he’s got the character to deal with this," he said.
Authorities closed off a section of Central Park near the Central Park Zoo as they investigated the cause of the explosion.