Blast in Central Park near Elie Wiesel’s funeral severs man’s foot; possibly fireworks mishap

Blast in Central Park near Elie Wiesel’s funeral severs man’s foot; possibly fireworks mishap

A blast in Central Park severed the left foot of a young man visiting New York from Virginia Sunday, witnesses said.

The NYPD’s bomb squad was investigating the area of the park near E. 60th St. and Fifth Ave. Cops at the scene suspected a mishap involving fireworks and said it did not appear an explosive device caused the boom heard from blocks away around 11 a.m.

The victim was identified by sources as Connor Golden, 18, from Fairfax, Va.

His foot was “all but gone,” one witness said.

Two of his shocked friends — identified by sources as Thomas Hinds, 20, and Joseph Stabile, 18 — denied they were carrying fireworks moments before being taken away in an ambulance.

“We don’t know what happened. There was a small explosion and then dust,” said Hinds. “We really don’t know.”

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