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Florida man loses hand in fireworks accident

WESH Orlando logo WESH Orlando 7/4/2022
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A Florida man lost his hand in a fireworks accident over the weekend.

According to NBC Miami, it happened in Lauderdale Lakes shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday.

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The Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the 4400 block of North State Road 7.

Witnesses said the victim had been rushed to the hospital by a friend. Crews found the man's severed hand and brought it to the hospital.

The victim's friend told Local 10 that surgeons were not able to reattach the hand.


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“As soon as he light it, it went off in flames,” said the man, who did not want to be identified. “He was in shock, but he was calm. It was like his hand was bleeding, we put ice, we tied his elbow so less blood flow.”

Radio transmission revealed that people were screaming when the call came into 911.

Central Florida officials shared some tips on how people can be safe using fireworks.

"The biggest thing we always say is have a water source. A bucket of water, a garden hose that can readily put a fire out if something was to happen," Seminole County Fire Battalion Chief Chad Chorack said.

A new report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the number of firework-related injuries and deaths in the country is growing.

The report shows between 2006 and 2021, those injuries climbed 25%.

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