Man Critically Injured In Central Park Explosion

A man was critically injured according to ABC Eyewitness News shortly before noon on Sunday by some sort of explosive device, possibly a firework device. The explosion took place inside Central Park near the Fifth Avenue and East 62nd Street area, ABC and WCBS880 add. EMS confirms at 10:53 a.m, that they received a call of a major injury at that location. The victim is being aided at the scene and has yet to be transported.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported one victim suffered an injured leg and is being treated by emergency responders. An eyewitness told CBS2 that a man was climbing a rock structure and stepped on something that “exploded.” The extent of the victim’s injuries is unknown at this time.

A reporter said the blast, possibly related to fireworks, was heard outside Elie Wiesel's funeral. The Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate died Saturday at the age of 87.


There is a heavy police presence at the scene. The bomb squad has also been called in.