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Boy Suffers Amputation Injuries from Illegal Fireworks

Young Boy Suffers Serious Injuries in Illegal Fireworks Incident

An 11-year-old boy had part of his hand amputated by an explosion from a firework in a Carmichael parking lot, officials said.

What Happened?

Sacramento Metro Fire Department received a report of a “man on fire” about 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Fire crews arrived on the scene and discovered the boy lying on the ground with traumatic injuries.

Investigators think the 11-year-old boy was holding an illegal, mortar-type, firework inside of a car, according to officials.

Tragically, the force of the explosion caused catastrophic injuries to the boy’s hand.

In addition, he also suffered burns to numerous areas of his body, rescue personnel said.

Metro Fire Department reported four fireworks-related injuries last year:

  • Two individuals suffered partial dismemberment to hands;
  • One person received a flash burn to the face;
  • A firefighter was injured while fighting a blaze caused by a firework, officials said.

Firework Safety Tips

  • Metro Fire officials urge the public to remember that fireworks are not toys.
  • Keep in mind that you should purchase only legal fireworks.
  • Look for the Safe and Sane seal on the packaging put there by the state fire marshal.
  • Beginning June 28, 2016, Safe and Sane firework sales will be sold at fireworks booths throughout the region.

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