A blast that went off near the location of a funeral for the Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in New York City’s Central Park severed a man’s foot, the New York Daily News reports.
An eyewitness told CBS News they’d seen the vicim climbing a rock in the park when he stepped on something that “exploded.” Witnesses have suggested the man stepped on fireworks or some other device.
The NYPD bomb squad is investigating the area where the explosion went off, near 68th Street and 5th Avenue.
Fire officials described the situation to the New York Daily News as “an amputation incident.”
It’s not immediately clear whether the explosion is connected in any way to Wiesel’s funeral being held nearby.
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information become available.
UPDATE: Police told the New York Daily News that the blast was likely caused by a fireworks mishap.