It's not even the 4th of July yet, and someone has already blown their hand off.

Long Island Firework Mishap

A gruesome incident occurred this past Saturday night, a Long Island man suffered severe injuries due to a fireworks explosion. According to police in Suffolk County, the 66-year-old Brentwood resident was in his yard on Eastern Avenue around 9 p.m. when the explosion occurred. The blast was powerful enough to sever his left hand and take off three fingers from his right hand. He was rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital in serious condition.

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A Sobering Reminder About Fireworks Safety This Summer

This incident is a reminder of the dangers associated with fireworks. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported nearly 10,000 people were sent to emergency rooms last year due to fireworks-related injuries. That's a staggering number and highlights the risks that come with handling these explosive devices.

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In New York, the laws are quite clear: fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles, spinners, and aerial devices are illegal. "Sparking devices" like sparklers are legal in certain areas, but even these can only be used by people 18 years and older.

As we approach the 4th of July, let's prioritize safety. Here are some crucial tips to ensure you and your loved ones can enjoy the holiday without any unfortunate accidents:

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Fireworks Safety Tips:

  1. Leave it to the Professionals: The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
  2. Legal Doesn't Mean Safe: Even legal sparking devices can cause injuries. Always handle them with care and ensure they're used by adults.
  3. Keep Water Nearby: Have a bucket of water or a hose ready to douse any accidental fires or to cool burns immediately.
  4. Never Relight a Dud: If a firework doesn't ignite properly, don't try to relight it. Wait at least 20 minutes and then soak it in water before disposing of it.
  5. Maintain a Safe Distance: Keep spectators at a safe distance from where fireworks are being lit. A minimum of 30 feet is recommended.
  6. Protect Your Hands and Eyes: Use protective eyewear and never hold fireworks in your hands. Set them on the ground and light them at arm's length.
  7. Supervise Children: Kids should never handle fireworks. Ensure they watch from a safe distance under adult supervision.
  8. Dispose of Fireworks Safely: After the fireworks have burned out, douse them with plenty of water before discarding them to prevent trash fires.

Let's enjoy this festive season responsibly. Stay safe and make sure your celebrations don't end in tragedy.

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