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Police identify materials used in Central Park explosion that severely injured teen

Posted: 5:48 AM, Jul 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-15 07:53:23-04

CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan – Police say the materials used in an explosion that caused a teen tourist inside Central Park to lose his foot were made from commercially available products.

The substances found are commonly and legally available for sale in certain hardware stores and can be used in combination with other products to develop a home-made explosive, the NYPD said of the July 3rd blast.

Investigators believe the explosive mixture was made by someone experimenting with the materials.

The 19-year-old tourist was walking in the park with friends when he stepped on the explosive. He lost his left foot as a result.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for any information that will lead them to the culprit.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com , or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.