Illegal Fireworks Cause $50,000 In Damage And Injuries In Maryland Over Independence Day Weekend

People on a boat were shooting off illegal fireworks on July 4, when the boat ignited into flames. State officials said a trailer and two boats were damaged, but no injuries were reported. State officials estimated the damage to cost $50,000

Around 10:50 p.m., fire officials responded to a call of a boat fire in Cecil County. According to the Maryland state fire marshal, it took 25 firefighters 10 minutes to control the fire.

In Talbot County, a man was injured while shooting off fireworks during the holiday weekend.

On Saturday night, a 66-year-old man was injured, when igniting a possible illegal firework that was given to him by a juvenile neighbor. The man lit an “unknown type of suspected illegal explosive/firework,” which caused him to suffer a severe hand injury.

Firework DangersA Maryland State Police helicopter transported the man from Tilghman Island to the Union Memorial Hand Center. Officials said the man’s injuries were severe, but non-life-threatening.

Another incident involving fireworks in Prince George’s County left a boy with “severe hand injuries.” The juvenile was handling a lit firework, when it exploded, Mark Brady, a county fire department spokesman, said.

About 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters were called to the 1800 block of Addison Road in District Heights. Brady said the boy was transported to a local trauma center for treatment.

Under a Prince George’s County law, consumer-purchased fireworks are illegal. No charges have been filed and the incident is still under investigation.

“Our primary concern is for the health of this young man and his hand injuries,” said Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale. “However, we can not look the other way when a law designed to prevent this type of life-changing injury is violated.”

No deaths related to boating were reported over the long holiday weekend, but police charged 12 people for driving under the influence and a total of 15 accidents were reported, according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

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