WASHINGTON (ABC7) — The explosive device that went off in Central Park more than a week ago and injured a Fairfax man was made using a homemade explosive that "has been used in terrorist attacks for decades", law enforcement officials reportedly tell CNN.
The news comes after 18-year-old Connor Golden and two friends were walking in Central Park when he unknowingly jumped from a rock and onto a plastic bag that turned out to be an explosive. The blast was heard from blocks away on the Upper East Side of Manhattan as chaos unfolded in the park with first responders rushing the man to the hospital. Officials say the explosion nearly blew off Golden's foot and has resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee.
"TATP is a notoriously unstable explosive that has been used in terrorist attacks for decades, including in the Paris attacks last fall and by the shoe bomber Richard Reid," CNN reports. "It's often made from common household chemicals, such as beauty supplies."
Officials tell CNN that no "additional contents" were found with the explosive.