NYPD And ATF Seek Information Regarding Unsolved Central Park Explosion

The NYPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are asking for the public’s help with the investigation into an explosion in Central Park that severely injured a male victim.

Up to $40,000 in reward money is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the July 3, 2016 incident, which occurred on a rock formation near 60th Street and 5th Avenue. In addition to tips, investigators are seeking photos and video taken in the vicinity of the incident location in the hours and days before the explosion occurred.

“The NYPD continues to use every investigative tool to find who may have placed this explosive material in Central Park,” said NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “Someone, somewhere, knows something about this explosion that left a young man severely injured. We want to talk to them. No detail is too small.”

“We want our parks and public spaces to be safe for everyone and we want justice for the victim,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Ashan M. Benedict. “We need the public’s help by providing us with photographs and video taken at the location of the explosion in the days and weeks prior to July 3, 2016. Any person who may have any other information regarding the explosion is strongly encouraged to contact ATF or the NYPD.”

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. The public may submit tips to the ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (283-8477) or by email at ATFTips@atf.gov. All tips will be kept confidential.

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