A tourist has been critically injured, following a small explosion in New York’s Central Park, believed to have been caused by a firework or similar device.
A 19-year-old tourist suffered a severe injury to his left foot in an explosion in Central Park on Sunday, said a spokesman for the New York Police Department, which was investigating the cause of the incident.
The teen was in the park with two friends when the blast occurred just before 11 a.m. near East 61st Street and East Drive, the NYPD spokesman said. The three were visiting from Fairfax, Virginia, New York’s Daily News reported, citing unnamed sources.
“He stepped on a rock or some object and there was an explosion that followed,” the NYPD spokesman said. The teen was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
Police said they were investigating whether the blast, occurring the day before the city’s annual 4th July pyrotechnics show, involved a firework or some other kind of explosive.
The sprawling, 778-acre (315-hectare) park in the heart of Manhattan is a major draw for tourists visiting New York City.