MERRITT ISLAND, Florida – A Florida man in his early twenties was airlifted as a trauma alert after he suffered a severe injury to his right hand from an exploding firework just after 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, on Merritt Island, Florida.
Brevard County Fire Rescue crews responded to Ligustrum Lane where the man was reported to have had two fingers amputated by the Independence Day holiday blast.
The unidentified Florida man was transported to the Merritt Island Airport where he was airlifted by a First Flight medical helicopter to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida.
In 2017, there were nearly 13,000 injuries sustained from fireworks in the United States. Nearly one-third of those injuries were inflicted to a hand or finger.