Man who stepped on explosive in New York loses foot

NEW YORK (WRIC) — The Northern Virginia man who stepped on an explosive device in New York’s Central Park last week has lost part of his leg, police have said.

Family members of Conner Golden say doctors amputated the 19-year-old’s lower leg and foot on Friday.

Golden’s family thanked everyone who helped their son at the time of the accident, including paramedics.

Police now believe that Golden stepped on a home-made firework that had been left in the park.

The commanding officer of the New York Police Department’s bomb squad tells reporters Sunday there’s no indication it was made to harm people.

Mark Torre likened the explosive to an experiment that an enthusiast with a rudimentary understanding of chemistry could build from household materials.

Investigators don’t believe the injured 19-year-old or his friends took part in constructing the explosive. They’re asking anyone with information to come forward.

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