Man loses part of leg in fireworks accident

According to reports, he lit a firework but then dropped it. When the firework exploded, he was thrown back about 4 feet.

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News 12 Interactive (7/5/15)

LEONIA - A man lost part of his left leg in a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July.

The 52-year-old Leonia man also suffered burns and a compound fracture in the accident at around 9:30 p.m.

According to reports, he lit a firework but then dropped it. When the firework exploded, he was thrown back about 4 feet.

"Fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,500 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments" in 2014, according to a June 2015 report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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Injuries/deaths from fireworks

2014 Fireworks Annual Report (U.S. CPSC)

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