With this being the 4th of July weekend, we know how many of us will be enjoying firework displays. While we're all enjoyin the festivities, we must remember that there are hard-working employees in charge of setting off those displays, and those employees are at a very high-risk of being injured.
A fireworks shooter was hospitalized Saturday night after his hand was injured while setting off fireworks during the Darlington Independence Day Celebration, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
Larry Mays, 44, an employee of Fireworks Extravaganza, and his co-workers were setting off fireworks in Francis Silver Park when a 3-inch shell "discharged at an incorrect angle" and struck his left hand, causing a "partial amputation" of his ring finger, according to a news release from the Fire Marshal's Office.
A deputy state fire marshal on site responded at 9:36 p.m. after being alerted by Mays' co-workers, according to the news release.
He was taken by Darlington Volunteer Fire Company ambulance to MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, where he was in stable condition, according to the release, which was issued shortly before midnight.
Fire Marshal's Office investigators inspected the fireworks rack and determined it was secured in accordance with codes, and the tube from where the shell was fired was "intact and exhibited no signs of failure," according to the news release.
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