1 DEAD, 1 INJURED IN POMPANO BEACH FIREWORKS ACCIDENTS
POMPANO BEACH FIREWORKS ACCIDENTS: Pompano Beach Fire-Rescue responded to two illegal firework-related accidents resulting in one death and one severe injury last night. Both occurred at approximately 10:00 p.m. Details below come from a press release issued by the city of Pompano Beach.
At 2930 N.W 5 Street, a 31-year-old male was setting off fireworks in the parking lot area of his apartment complex in front of several bystanders. He placed a PVC pipe partially in the ground and put an approximate 3” mortar shell inside. He lit the explosive and it detonated before he moved away from the device. The man suffered massive shoulder, neck and head injuries. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported him to Broward Health North where he died as a result of his injuries.
At 1721 NE 2 Terrace, a 15-year-old male was lighting an approximate 24” roman candle when it blew up in his hand. He lost several fingers and possibly his entire right hand as a result of the accident. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported him to Broward Health Medical Center.
Both patients were transported by ground.
These two Pompano Beach Fireworks accidents are a sad reminder of just how dangerous fireworks can be. For more on the dangers of fireworks, including sparklers click here.
The State of Florida has very strange unusual fireworks regulations. While road side stands, stores and even Publix can sell them legally, you can only use them “solely and exclusively in frightening birds from agricultural works and fish hatcheries.” Read more details on the Florida law here.
We will provide additional information as it develops.
EDITORS NOTE: THIS STORY WAS UPDATED TO CORRECT THE NUMBER OF DEAD 7/5/2019/12:03PM
This story was prepared by our Pompano Beach news desk with info provided by the city of Pompano Beach and other websites.