Fourth of July injury: 11-year-old girl suffers burns from sparklers

An 11-year-old girl suffered burn injuries after another child lit sparklers too close to her during an Independence Day celebration, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

Members of the department’s Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit were called to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center around 1:50 a.m. Thursday.

Investigators determined that the girl’s parents had purchased legal sparklers from a Glen Burnie-area fireworks stand on July 4.

Around 11 p.m., another child lit the device close to the girl, fire officials said in a statement. The girl suffered second-degree burns to her wrist and abdomen.

Earlier this week, a man in Millersville also suffered a fireworks-related injury. Firefighters responded to the 8300 block of Elvaton Road on July 3 and found a 21-year-old man with severe injuries to both hands.

He was transported to the Curtis National Hand Center at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital with critical, but not life-threatening, injuries.

Investigators found that the man had been attending an outdoor party at which a number of attendees brought illegal fireworks, which has been purchased in Pennsylvania. An explosion caused “catastrophic injuries” to his hands, fire officials said. No other injuries were reported at the party, and no criminal charges were filed.

This is the second consecutive year in which Anne Arundel residents have required hospitalization after fireworks-related injuries in the days surrounding the Fourth of July holiday.

“Leave fireworks to the professionals!” the department tweeted Wednesday.

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