Blast in New York's Central Park critically injures visitor

A blast followed by a loud boom has severed the leg of a visitor to one of New York city's iconic green spots

Blast in New York

A man was severely binjured in a blast in New York's Central Park on Sunday.

The explosion which was followed by a loud boom around 10:30 am local time  severed the left foot of a young man, New York Police Department (NYPD)  spokesperson said.

The victim, a resident of northern Virginia was on a visit to New York.

" We don't know what happened. There was a small explosion and then dust," said one friend who didn't give his name. "We really don't know," on of the two friends of the victim was quoted as saying by 'New York Daily News'

"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 Murphy, who tried to keep the victim conscious following the explosion told 'New York Daily News'.

Initial reports indicate that the blast could have been caused by a firework and not an explosive device.

Photo Courtesy: Corey Spikin | New York Daily News