Town Fireworks Display Accident in Iowa Injures 12

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHARLES CITY, Iowa - An accident during a municipal Fourth of July fireworks display injured at least a dozen people, local fire officials said.

Most of the victims suffered minor injuries.

The Charles City Fire Department said the accident occurred when ground level fireworks were exploding Friday night. Witnesses said a fireball veered into the crowd of spectators.

Elsewhere, police in Riverside, Ohio, said a man lost part of his leg when fireworks went off inside his parked SUV, blowing the windows out of the vehicle.

A 6-year-old girl in Bayville, N.Y., suffered second-degree burns when fireworks landed in her lap, police said. Investigators said it wasn't immediately clear who launched the fireworks but said the child wasn't at a public pyrotechnics display.

At Port Huron, Mich., a 51-year-old man was critically injured when he was struck in face by a mortar-type firework while several were setting off illegal fireworks at a home, the St. Clair County sheriff's department said. Officers said the man was placing the firework in a tube when it ignited.

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