Young man severely injured in Central Park explosion in NYC

A 19-year-old tourist lost his foot in an explosion in New York’s Central Park, the cause of which is still unknown with some reports suggesting fireworks.

Emergency services were filmed at the scene along with a reported bomb squad and the NYPD counter-terrorism unit.

The young man was climbing down from a rock structure with his two friends when he stepped onto an explosive, severely injuring his left foot.

"He stepped on a rock or some object and there was an explosion that followed," a NYPD spokesman told Reuters.

A call reporting a possible explosion came in at 10:53 am local time, according to FDNY, and the victim was found with a “partial amputation,” reports PIX11 News.

The victim was reportedly taken to Bellevue hospital where he is said to be in a critical but stable condition.

The cause of the explosion is still unknown, but police are investigating whether the blast was caused by a firework, a day before NYC's Fourth of July pyrotechnics show.

Journalist Sarah Maslin Nir first reported running to the scene after hearing a “huge” explosion to find “a young man with his left leg blown off.”

The explosion coincidentally happened near the funeral for Elie Wiesel, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor.

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