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DAYTONA BEACH SHORES (CBSMiami/AP) – About 20 minutes before the New Year, a 35-year-old lost his right hand in a firework explosion.

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Gene Hartwell was injured by the explosion around 11:40 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, according to the Volusia County Beach Safety Capt. Tammy Marris.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/14hf4Qt ) reports Hartwell walked to his house and called 911. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

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Marris says responders were only able to find some pieces of his hand.

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