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Man suffers 'catastrophic' injuries to both hands using illegal fireworks in Maryland
  Thursday 05 July, 2018
Man suffers \'catastrophic\' injuries to both hands using illegal fireworks in Maryland

A 21-year-old Maryland man severely injured both of his hands Tuesday attempting to launch a firework out of a mortar during an outdoor party.

Anne Arundel County firefighters found illegal fireworks purchased in Pennsylvania at the home where the man improperly handled the explosive.

"The victim held a mortar tube in his hand and dropped a lit mortar into the tube with the other hand. The mortar was upside down, and the explosion within the tube caused catastrophic injuries to both of his hands," according to a statement from the fire department.

He had critical but not believed life-threatening injuries.

Officials note this is the second consecutive year someone in the county has required hospitalization following a fireworks injury. The use of fireworks without a permit is illegal in Maryland.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/07/05/man-suffers-catastrophic-hand-injuries-using-illegal-fireworks-maryland/758881002/

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