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    NY man blows off arm with fireworks

    NY man blows off arm with fireworks


    New York (CNN) -- Like fireworks, it has become an Independence Day weekend tradition unto itself: fireworks-related injury.

    On Saturday, a man lighting fireworks outside his Long Island home became the latest victim when he completely severed his left arm from his shoulder, Suffolk County police said.

    Eric Smith, 36, was using a three-foot-long metal tube to shoot mortars near his Islip Terrace home on Saturday evening. One of the explosives shot out and struck him in the left arm, taking it off, said police.

    Smith's friends wrapped the arm in ice and took him to the emergency room at Southside Hospital, and he was transferred to the intensive care unit of Nassau County Medical Center, where he is listed in critical, but stable condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

    While she wouldn't comment on the status of Smith's arm, spokeswoman Shelley Lotenburg said the hospital does not perform limb reattachments.

    Smith was illegally using a commercial fireworks device -- which explodes at a much greater force than a firecracker, said Suffolk County Police Lt. Mathew Sullivan.

    A new study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that nearly 9,000 people were taken to the emergency room and two people died in 2009 from fireworks-related incidents.

    Of them, nearly 6,000 of the injuries took place during the 30 days surrounding last year's 4th of July holiday -- and many resulted in the loss of a limb.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    NY man blows off arm with fireworks




    New York (CNN) -- Like fireworks, it has become an Independence Day weekend tradition unto itself: fireworks-related injury.

    On Saturday, a man lighting fireworks outside his Long Island home became the latest victim when he completely severed his left arm from his shoulder, Suffolk County police said.

    Eric Smith, 36, was using a three-foot-long metal tube to shoot mortars near his Islip Terrace home on Saturday evening. One of the explosives shot out and struck him in the left arm, taking it off, said police.

    Smith's friends wrapped the arm in ice and took him to the emergency room at Southside Hospital, and he was transferred to the intensive care unit of Nassau County Medical Center, where he is listed in critical, but stable condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

    While she wouldn't comment on the status of Smith's arm, spokeswoman Shelley Lotenburg said the hospital does not perform limb reattachments.

    Smith was illegally using a commercial fireworks device -- which explodes at a much greater force than a firecracker, said Suffolk County Police Lt. Mathew Sullivan.

    A new study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that nearly 9,000 people were taken to the emergency room and two people died in 2009 from fireworks-related incidents.

    Of them, nearly 6,000 of the injuries took place during the 30 days surrounding last year's 4th of July holiday -- and many resulted in the loss of a limb.



    Yeah..saw this on the news yesterday...wtf

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    ^Why do you feel the need to quote the whole post and only post that is exactly above yours?

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    Gonna give some more thought to getting one of those 10K firecracker things I saw on another thread.....

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    Darwin at work again.

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    Well ,he won't do it again will he!







    Well,one more time maybe!

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    We had something similar one year. Kin dangerous.
    We used them to shell the local jippo site.

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    ^ Ah the fun you must've had...Oh Pikey get a load of this.....


    More fun than their rip off fair's...

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    Surely it's not 'rocket science' to let fireworks off safely?

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