Virginia Teenager Hurt in Central Park Blast Is Healing

NEW YORK (AP) -

A Virginia teenager who stepped on an explosive device in Central Park and lost part of his leg is healing and hopes to return to college, his father said Monday.

Kevin Golden spoke about his 19-year-old son Connor at Bellevue Hospital where he’s being treated. Connor had been at the park July 3 with friends when he stepped on a rock covering the explosive.

The father said he got a call from the emergency room telling him Connor understood he would have to have his left leg amputated at the shin. He said Connor told the doctor, “That’s OK, just don’t take my hands.”

With his voice breaking, his father said Connor was happy that his hands were intact, because he’s a musician.

Investigators don’t believe the explosive device was meant to hurt anyone. There is a $12,500 reward for information of whoever is responsible.