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FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) -It appears that the injury New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered to his hand in a Fourth of July fireworks mishap won’t be a career ender.

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Pierre-Paul reportedly burned several of his fingers and his thumb. One of those fingers may have nerve damage, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

One of Pierre-Paul’s neighbors said he put on an expensive show, “They were the ones that go up, a burst of color, they weren’t cheap fireworks, I’ll tell you that. He must have gone through a thousand dollars worth of fireworks in a few hours.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted out that Pierre-Paul is scheduled to meet with team doctors.


Earlier in the day Pierre-Paul, a Deerfield Beach native, had posted on Instagram two videos of him standing next to what appeared to be a U-Haul van full of fireworks.

Pierre-Paul’s injuries could have been worse. A 24-year old Dania man lost his left hand above his wrist in another fireworks mishap on Saturday, said Broward Sheriff’s spokesman Mike Jachles. The man was partying in Dania Beach when he lit an explosive and it went off in his hand.

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“He was in shock. He was in critical condition,” said Jachles.

A 5-year-old girl was also injured by fireworks on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale.  Fire rescue reports she and a 50 year old man were taken to Broward Health Medical Center.

On Sunday, a 32-year old man in Lauderdale Lakes “blew off most of his right hand,” up to his elbow, according to Jachles. The man was also burned on his face and chest. Friends took him to the Florida Medical Center. He was later transferred to Broward Health Medical Center.

“It has been a busy weekend, unusually busy this season,” said Broward Health CEO Dr. Nabil El Sanadi . “We’re not sure exactly why, but we’ve seen a lot of incidents in the emergency departments as far as fire cracker injuries and fire cracker injuries.”

With hands burned, or worse in six separate firework accidents, rescue officials stress these are totally preventable.

“The bottom line is safe and sane fireworks do not exist. When things go wrong with fireworks, they go very wrong, very fast. Faster than any 911 system can respond,” said Jachles.

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An 8-year-old boy was also injured.  On Friday a Cooper city man burned his face and injured his eye when he was hit by a bottle rocket.

Ted Scouten