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Fourth of July festivities for 2014 have concluded, but accidents that occurred that day involving fireworks will have a lasting impact on individuals, families, and entire communities across the country.
surgery Wednesday to remove his left eye after a fireworks accident on July 4th. Dave Rexroth was injured while vacationing with his family in Iowa City, Iowa. After his recovery he’ll be scheduled for surgery to receive a prosthetic eye.
- In Florida, Auburndale Fire Rescue described a fireworks accident on July 4th as one of the worst cases they’ve ever seen. Kathy Flint was hosting a party for family and friends. She went into her bedroom to grab mortar-style fireworks off the bed and they exploded. She died from her injuries the next day.
- A San Jose, California man had his right hand along with several fingers on his left hand blown off. Alazar Ortiz was hosting a display in his mother’s driveway when an ordnance exploded in his hands. The family told a reporter that Ortiz is a construction worker and won’t be able to earn a living because of the accident.
Many other fireworks accidents occurred on the 4th and some will likely occur in the days to come. Every 4thof July season, there is an uptick in fires caused by consumer fireworks. NFPA, coordinator of the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks, urges the public to only attend professional fireworks displays put on by trained professionals.
NFPA’s fireworks report and safety tip sheet provide additional information on fireworks safety.
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