'His hand is gone:' Firework injures teen in Edgewater, officials say

Boy taken to hospital as trauma alert

EDGEWATER, Fla. – A 13-year-old boy in Edgewater was injured during an accident involving fireworks on the Fourth of July, according to officials in Volusia County.

In a 911 call from the incident, the boy's father told dispatch "his hand is gone...his hand is [expletive] gone."

Deputies said the teen was with his family on one of Three Sisters islands in the Intercostal Waterway around 8:40 p.m. when the incident occurred. The teen was lighting firecrackers and throwing them in the water. One of the fireworks blew up in his hand as he was about to throw it, the boy's father told deputies.

The teen was taken by boat to Kennedy Park on North Riverside Drive, where he was met by Edgewater Fire and Rescue, according to the incident report.

Authorities said the boy suffered an injury to his arm and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center as a trauma alert.

Five children were treated for firework-related injuries on the Fourth of July at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, ORMC officials said.