Police: Man sustains significant injuries to hand while throwing firework

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Milwaukee Police Department

Milwaukee Police Department

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee police say a 40-year-old man sustained significant injuries to one of his hands as he was attempting to throw a firework.

The incident occurred around 9:22 p.m. in the 2700 block of N. Richards on Wednesday, July 2nd.

Police say the circumstances are still unclear at this time — and the investigation into this matter is ongoing.

With the 4th of July approaching, this is a great time to remember the dangers of fireworks which can cause serious injuries and death if not properly used.

Here are more tips to protect yourself and your family:

  • Adults igniting the fireworks should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
  • Only buy fireworks from reliable sellers.
  • Use fireworks only outdoors.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Always have water handy (a garden hose or a bucket).
  • Light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves and flammable materials.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people or animals.
  • Keep your pets indoors to reduce the risk that they will run loose and get injured. Many animals have very  sensitive ears and can be stressed or frightened by fireworks.



  • Heidi B

    Instead of fireworks safety tips, you might want to add fireworks are illegal in the City of Milwaukee.

  • triplea

    But their sold in the state legally along with things like guns and alcohol and cigarettes and a plethora of other potentially dangerous items. This is just a case of to long a hold with to short a fuse, the cost, a ground chuck hand. Do start throwing contradictory ordinances out there.

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