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LAUDERHILL (CBSMiami) — Despite calls for safety and leaving it to the pros, there were several injuries reported Wednesday night involving July 4th fireworks.
In Lauderhill, a man’s hand was partially amputated when the firework he was holding exploded.
“He just fell on the ground holding his hand and screaming because he was so close up to the thing,” said one neighbor.
“The type of firework he used, he tried to throw it and by the time he threw it, it blew up,” said another neighbor.
The injured man was taken to Broward Health Medical Center where he was listed in serious condition.
To the north in Pompano Beach, two men, ages 29 and 30, were injured in a fireworks incident in 2400 block of NW 9th Street. City spokeswoman Sandra King said one of the men involved, who was possibly holding an M80 explosive, blew off the fingers from one hand and suffered an eye injury. The other man, who lit it, suffered burns to his hands. Both men were taken to Broward Health North.
In Miami-Dade, one person was taken to the hospital with a fireworks-related injury at 14901 W Dixie Highway.
In Surfside, a worker for the company putting on the city’s fireworks display suffered minor burns. He was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution.