A Florida man has blown off one of his hands while lighting fireworks, authorities say.
The unidentified Lauderdale Lakes resident was shooting off fireworks in the parking lot of a gas station on Saturday when one of the explosives detonated in his hand, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office. Although a witness drove the victim to a nearby hospital, neither the driver nor the victim remembered to bring along the hand, another witness says. Although firefighters retrieved the hand, surgeons were unable to reattach it, per the sheriff's office.
"As soon as he lights it, it exploded," the witness says. "It could have been his feet, it could have been his head, it could have been his whole body. You know, it’s Fourth of July. Everybody wants to have fun, but safety first."
Have you ever had a close call with fireworks?
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