INVESTIGATORS RELEASE NEW INFORMATION ABOUT CENTRAL PARK EXPLOSION

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The New York Police Department’s forensics team is examining the explosive compound that blew up in New York City’s Central Park.  The blast seriously injured the young man who stepped on it, but police said on Monday that they don’t believe the device was designed to intentionally hurt people.

The homemade explosive had been inside a plastic bag when it went off Sunday, said Lt. Mark Torre, commanding officer of the New York Police Department’s bomb squad.  Torre said the department believes the explosive was put together by a hobbyist or experimenter who had some knowledge of chemistry.

The 19-year-old man, Connor Golden, was walking in the park with two friends when he stepped on a rock covering the explosive.  Golden underwent surgery on his leg which was severely injured in the blast.

“I believe we have somebody who made this material and maybe wanted to test it,” Torre said. “The location that it was found and where it was placed is sort of an ideal location conducive to conducting that kind of experiment.”

There was no evidence that the explosion was related to terrorism.

“We’ve seen a lot of experimentation with homemade fireworks,” said Torre, adding that the Central Park explosive may have been designed to go off at an earlier time, even a day before, but for whatever reason did not.

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