The NYPD bomb squad is invesigating after a man stepped on an "incendiary device," a spokesman tells PEOPLE

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
July 03, 2016 01:55 PM
Source: Josh Einiger/Twitter

A tourist visiting from Washington, D.C. is in critical but stable condition after losing his foot in an explosion in New York City’s iconic Central Park Sunday morning, PEOPLE confirms.

The blast happened not far from the funeral for Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel.

“It was some kind of incendiary device,” an NYPD spokesman tells PEOPLE. “We have cordoned the area off and the bomb squad is there now.”

The incident occurred near the corner of 5th Avenue and 60th Street, and the call came in just before 11 a.m.

Jones said the bomb squad is still investigating whether the man stepped on a firework someone placed there during the July 4 holiday.

“There were no fireworks or IED fragments so there’s a lot of confusion still over what caused the explosion. There’s nothing that helps investigators at the scene so nobody yet knows what it was,” a separate source briefed by the NYPD tells PEOPLE.

The young man was walking with two friends when the blast occurred.

Jones said the young man is in critical but stable condition at Bellvue Hospital, and PEOPLE has learned that his foot was “blown off” in the blast.

An eyewitness told CBS News a man was climbing a rock structure and stepped on something that “exploded.”

Sarah Maslin Nir, a reporter for The New York Times, wrote on Twitter that she happened to be walking past the area when the blast occurred.

“The young man is safely on his way to hospital. No official word as to what transpired. His friends said he was walking & stepped on something,” she wrote.

The incident remains under investigation.