Over the Fourth of July weekend, there were three separate reports of people injured by firework accidents in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Inside Look on the Three Accidents
On July 5, a 5-year-old girl suffered second-degree burns from a firework accident. According to the Sun Sentinel, she was transported to a local hospital with no further information provided.
In another accident on that Sunday, a man of 32 years endured burns to his face and chest, shrapnel injuries to the chest, and explosion related injuries to his hand, according to Mike Jachles at Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue. The man had to be transported from Florida Medical Center in Lauderdale Lakes to Broward Health Medical Center by a rescue crew. He underwent surgery later that evening and remains unidentified.
The last report was about a 24-year-old man in Margate, Florida. A firework exploded in the man’s hand and he lost his left hand in the accident. The man was found by Fort Lauderdale emergency crews lying on the ground, bleeding and in shock. There was no further information available on this unidentified man.
These three cases are currently being investigated by state and county fire marshals. Jachles from Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue commented, “Safe and sane fireworks do not exist.”
Additional Injuries and Damage
On the preceding Friday, a man from Cooper City was admitted into a hospital from suffering an eye injury when a bottle rocket exploded. The unexpected firework explosion inflicted burns on the man’s face as well.
On June 25th, a large and professional firework was set off in a West Park apartment building. Thirty windows and several fire doors were destroyed.
Sparklers are actually dangerous as well, with increasing temperatures of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and can inflict dangerous burns and grass fires even after they are no longer ignited.