So scary. A man was critically injured during an explosion in Central Park on Sunday morning, July 3. Plus, the accident occurred close to where the funeral for Holocaust survivor and Nobel winner Eli Wiesel was taking place. Get all the details here.
A man suffered a horrific injury to his leg on Sunday, July 3, when he became a victim of an explosion in New York City’s Central Park. And as if this situation wasn’t already scary, the explosion was said to have happened close to where the funeral for Eli Wiesel was taking place.
“Outside Eli Wiesel’s funeral I heard a huge explosion just now. Running into Central Park and found a young man with his left leg blown off,” New York Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir tweeted after the incident.
One witness told CBS2 the man was walking on a large rock when something exploded. At this time, there aren’t many details, but three young men from the Washington D.C. area are believed to have been involved, the Daily Mail reports.
The explosion occurred near the Fifth Avenue and East 62nd Street area, which is an area heavy with tourists. The Central Park Zoo is also close by.
John Murphy, 53, who witnessed the explosion, told the New York Daily News he tried to keep the man conscious after he got badly injured.
“I saw his friends standing there panicking. I saw the young man laying on the grass. His foot is all but gone. His friends claimed he was walking down the rocks and he stepped on it. It looks like there was an explosion,” John said.
Our thoughts go out to the critically injured man during this time. We hope he recovers quickly.