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Boy, 11, blew off part of hand while holding illegal fireworks in vehicle in Carmichael

The Los Banos Fire Department confiscated a large collection of illegal fireworks in 2013 and 2014.
The Los Banos Fire Department confiscated a large collection of illegal fireworks in 2013 and 2014. cpride@losbanosenterprise.com

An 11-year-old boy suffered major injuries after illegal fireworks went off in his hand in a vehicle Wednesday afternoon.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said crews responded to call of a “man on fire” in a Carmichael parking lot at 2 p.m. They arrived to find the boy lying on the ground with significant injuries.

Officials said it appears the boy was holding a mortar-type firework, which are illegal, inside of a vehicle. The force of the explosion amputated parts of his hand and he suffered burns to multiple areas of his body, according to a release from the fire department.

Last year, Metro Fire responded to four fireworks-related injuries. Two suffered partial hand dismemberments, one received a flash burn to the face and one firefighter was injured while fighting a fire caused by illegal fireworks.

Metro Fire released several tips to reduce the number of fires and injuries caused by fireworks:

  • Do not use, purchase or sell any illegal fireworks
  • Never attempt to modify fireworks
  • Do not allow children to light fireworks. It is illegal for anyone under 18 to use them
  • Avoid lighting near dry grass, under a tree, under a canopy or covered balcony, or near any flammable materials
  • Dispose of used fireworks in a bucket of water
  • Have a garden hose ready, in case of fire

Thomas Oide: 916-321-1009, @thomasoide

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