13-Year-Old Badly Injured After Firework Explodes in Hand
Paramedics and EMTs working within the city of Edgewater this past Intracoastal 4th of July were on hand to respond to an emergency call made after a firework exploded while still in the hand of a 13-year-old child. According to the report from Volusia County Deputies, the incident happened around 8:40 in the evening, while the child was with their family in a boat that was being piloted around an island that forms a part of the Three Sisters cluster. The boat was believed to be traveling through the Intracoastal Waterway when the incident took place.
The 9-1-1 call was placed by the child’s father, and during the call this person told the dispatcher that it appeared as though the child’s hand was no longer attached to their body. It is believed that this was the result of a firework exploding while the child was still holding it.
Prior to this, the child had been lighting fireworks and then dropping them into the water. It is not clear if the explosion happened due to the child’s holding on to the firework for too long or because there was some sort of malfunction with the firework itself.
After the call, the boat carrying the child was piloted from its location along the Intracoastal Waterway to Kennedy Park, located several miles away along North Riverside Drive. When the boat landed, the boy was immediately handed over to members of the Edgewater Fire and Rescue who had rushed to meet the badly injured person. The boy was then taken from Kennedy Park to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he was admitted as a trauma alert.
At the time of this writing, it is not clear if an investigation is underway into the incident and, if so, whether or not there are any charges pending against any individuals who may have been responsible for providing the child with fireworks and then failing to supervise the child appropriately while they were using the highly dangerous items.
The condition of the child is similarly unclear at the time of this writing, although it is believed that they survived the initial ordeal and are now in the process of recovering from the first round of medical treatment.
James O. Cunningham
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