'Demolished' Hand, 2 Deaths and 1 Broken Branch: July 4 Leaves Injuries in Wake
Unfortunately, fireworks aren't the only thing that went bang on July Fourth.
Every year, warnings about safety on Independence Day are issued, and every year, people still find themselves in emergency situations. This year is no exception.
In Marshfield, Massachusetts, a 10-year-old boy had to go to the hospital with second-degree burns on both legs from an illegal firework that exploded at his feet. The police have not identified who was responsible for the injuries because of the large number of people on the beach. Police say the injury is an example of why it's illegal to have private fireworks shows in Massachusetts.
Off the coast of Rhode Island, five children were among eight people thrown overboard Wednesday afternoon when an overloaded boat traveling too fast hit a wave left by a passing ferry, authorities say. No one was hurt but Narragansett Harbormaster Kevin Connors said the children were "petrified" but wearing life jackets.
At Burlington Island, New Jersey, several children were among 13 people rescued after a boat capsized Wednesday night. Authorities do not know what caused the boat to capsize.
In Rock Island, Illinois, two people died and six others were injured when an 8-foot-long branch from a 100-year-old Oak tree fell on them as they were watching the Fourth of July fireworks. Daniel Mendoza Sr., 61, of Rock Island and Lawrence R. Anderson, 72, of Moline died from "multiple traumatic crushing injuries." A 21-year-old pregnant woman who was near term, whom the branch also fell on, gave birth that night. She and the baby are in good health. The five others were treated for minor injuries at the hospital and released the same night.
In Madisonville, Kentucky, an accidental fireworks explosion is being investigated as arson. The explosion is one of three early morning fires authorities are investigating. The additional fires were reported at a front porch and a fireworks stand in the city. No injuries were reported.
In Lake Tahoe, Nevada, a fireworks barge caught fire Wednesday night. Within six minutes firefighters on a fireboat extinguished the flames. No injuries were reported.
FIREWORKS BARGE CATCHES FIRE AFTER— Tahoe Douglas Fire (@tahoefire) July 5, 2018
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Fire extinguished within six minutes and no injuries occurred
Marine 24, TDFPD new fire boat dowsed the fire and the crew deployed a boom around the barge to contain any possible contamination. pic.twitter.com/57QrGwlmjg
Some incidents even happened before the fourth of July.
On July 3, a firework blew off a man's fingers and eyebrows as it exploded in his hands in Merritt Island, Florida. Ryan Dobard was airlifted to a hospital after the Tuesday incident. Doctors are freezing the man's fingers hoping to reattach them. Dobard's friend Sherome Cosby said that his friend's, "hand was just demolished."