Small Fireworks Explosion Injured Dorchester Child
Details of the Firework Accident
In Dorchester, Massachusetts, a 10-year-old boy was allegedly playing with fireworks when a small explosion erupted in his family’s apartment last Saturday night. As a result of the explosion, the boy lost four of his fingers and was rushed to Boston Children’s Hospital.
The police have stated that the boy’s parents had initially lied about how the incident really occurred, telling first responders that a microwave had blown up. However, the police inspected the home and the microwave was clearly intact.
The police have released that there was a parent present at the home when the small explosion occurred, but they could not release whether or not any other children were present at the time of the incident.
Both the police and DCF are investigating the incident. Charges are a possibility depending on the outcome of the investigation.
Fireworks Injury Statistics
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- In 2014, the CPSC received 11 reports of nonoccupational fireworks-related deaths that occurred through 10 separate incidents. Four victims died in house fires that were caused by fireworks and seven victims died from direct impacts of fireworks.
- In 2014, fireworks were estimated to be involved in 10,500 injuries that were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments throughout the calendar year. This makes a 95% confidence interval, 7,700-13,300.
- During a one month special study period between June 20, 2014 and July 20, 2014, an estimated 7,000 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments.
- Of the fireworks-related injuries sustained during the 2014 special study period, 74% were to males, while 26% were to females.
- Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for 35% of the estimated 2014 injuries. Nearly half of the estimated emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries were to individuals younger than 20 years of age.
- Children between the ages of 5 and 9 years old had the highest estimated rate of emergency department-treated fireworks-related injuries
- There were an estimated 1,400 emergency department-treated injuries associated with sparklers and 100 with bottle rockets.
- The parts of the body most often injured were hands and fingers, an estimated 36%.
- Approximately 83% of the victims were treated at the hospital emergency department and then released.