The Brentwood Central Islip Patch reports that a man was seriously injured on the Fourth of July in a firework accident. A second incident occurred in Port Jefferson Station in which the victim also suffered serious injuries from a fireworks accident.
The incident occurred at about 9:15 p.m. on America’s Independence Day while the man was lighting a firework at a home on Tamarack Street.
The 29-year-old man seriously injured his hand due to the incident and was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital.
Unfortunately, this was not the only injury to occur over the Fourth of July holiday.
Another 29-year-old man suffered serious injuries when a firework exploded in his face in Port Jefferson Station.
On average, there are 180 people seen in U.S. emergency rooms each day with firework injuries over the days around the Fourth of July holiday.
According to the National Safety Council, in 2017, there were eight people killed and more than 12,000 injured badly enough to visit an emergency room due to firework accidents. 50% of these injuries were to children and young adults under 20. Two thirds of these injuries took place during the Fourth of July period between June 16 and July 16.
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Fireworks are both beautiful and fun; after all, they mark many of our celebrations like New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July, and Cinco de Mayo. In the hands of professionals, a firework display can be awe-inspiring. However, in the hands of those who are not experienced, they can prove to be dangerous.