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Fireworks injuries bring about 60 to Omaha-area hospitals

Fireworks injuries bring about 60 to Omaha-area hospitals

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Omaha-area hospitals reported about 60 fireworks-related injuries in late June and early July.

In one incident Friday night, a 34-year-old man was lighting fireworks on the sidewalk in front of a house near 43rd and Corby Streets. A witness told Omaha police that a fireworks device didn’t go off, so the man picked it up and relit the short fuse. The device ignited, severely injuring the man’s hand. He was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center.

In an incident Saturday night, a 14-year-old boy was injured near 60th and Pinkney Streets when he went to light an M-80 firecracker. As he was moving away, he told officers, he accidentally kicked it over. The explosive went off and hit his leg. The boy was taken to Immanuel Medical Center with injuries to both legs. He also complained of ringing in his ears.

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Nine people were treated for fireworks-related injuries in the emergency room at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center between June 29 and Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday. Children’s treated burns and eye injuries, the spokeswoman said, and sparklers seemed to be a top culprit.

The Nebraska Medical Center treated 13 people for fireworks-related injuries on Friday and Saturday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

A spokeswoman for CHI Health said 31 people were treated for fireworks injuries over the weekend in the hospital system’s metro-area emergency rooms.

Methodist Health System reported six fireworks injuries: two people suffered eye injuries, and others suffered minor burns.

Omaha police said that through early Monday, they had received 1,882 fireworks complaints in June and July, which is an increase of more than 30% from the same period in 2019. Officers wrote 14 citations throughout June and early July for violation of the city’s fireworks ordinance.

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