POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) – Three young boys in Pompano Beach were hurt in a fireworks accident over the weekend.
“This time it was like a ‘boom!'”
Gary McCleod said Sunday night his house shook when he heard a powerful firework explode not far away.
“These were like explosions, so when you hear it, it’s like ‘boom!’ And if it’s close enough, it will shake your house, the foundation of your house,” he said.
Pompano Beach Fire Rescue told CBS4’s Ted Scouten the noise he heard was from an exploding firework – one that went off in a child’s hand in a park near NW 27th Avenue and 9th Court.
A cousin explained what happened, saying one of the boys tried to light a firework that had already been lit, but fizzled out.
“They say he picked the firework up and lit it and another boy was walking up there and they said that it blowed his hand off,” explained Ernest Davis. “When he went to light it, he didn’t have time to throw it.”
When fire rescue arrived, the paramedics found three boys in the street with injuries related to a firework explosion.
The boys – ages 8, 9 and 11 – all sustained severe injuries.
“His whole hand blowed off one of them, and one of them three fingers missing and one of them something about his face is injured,” Davis said.
It is unknown what type of firework exploded.
All three boys, two of which are brothers, were taken to Broward Health Medical Center.