Man suffers 'catastrophic' hand injuries handling illegal fireworks in Millersvile, fire officials say

E.B. Furgurson III
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A man suffered “catastrophic” injuries to both hands from mishandling illegal fireworks Tuesday night, Anne Arundel County fire officials reported.

At 9:17 p.m. firefighters responded to a report of a person injured by fireworks in the 8300 block of Elvaton Road in Millersville.

There they found a 21-year-old man with serious injuries and took him to the Curtis National Hand Center at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital with critical, but not believed life-threatening, injuries.

Investigators from the county Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit found that the injured person was attending a large outdoor party where illegal fireworks, purchased in Pennsylvania, were set off, officials said.

Investigators concluded 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 injuries to both of his hands. There were no other injuries, and no criminal charges were filed, the department said.

This is the second consecutive year in Anne Arundel County where individuals have required hospital treatment for fireworks injuries around the Independence Day holiday.

On July Fourth of last year, fire investigators responded to two cases involving fireworks, but the injuries were not as severe as last night’s incident, the fire department said.

The possession and discharge of fireworks without a permit is illegal in Anne Arundel County.

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