California Teenagers Hurt Playing with Fireworks

Two teenage boys were injured while playing with fireworks in Arcadia Friday night. Witnesses saw the boys, ages 14 and 17, playing with fireworks at Bonita Park around 8 p.m. According to a witness, one of the boys took out a firework and lit it. The firework then exploded in the boy’s hand. The witness says it took his whole hand off.

Both teens were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. The 14-year-old suffered severe injuries to his hand, while the 17-year-old suffered minor injuries to his arm and chest.

Young Males Most Likely to Get Injured Playing with Fireworks

A Journal of Surgical Research study of fireworks-related hospitalizations shows that males ages 10-19 are the most likely demographic to injure themselves playing with fireworks. The overwhelming majority of these hospitalizations occur in the month of July. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 68% of fireworks injuries occurred between June 18 and July 18 last year.

Firework-related injuries are usually hand, wrist or finger injuries. Most of these injuries are burns, but bruises and open wounds are also common.

“There is a good reason that these types of fireworks are illegal in California for consumers. The irreversible injuries you can sustain are simply not worth the risk,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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