Police: Fireworks explosions kill in Florida, South Carolina
TAMPA - A Florida teenager has died in a fireworks explosion, while several other people have blown off their fingers or injured their eyes.
A Tampa police statement Friday says 16-year-old Joseph King was holding a firing tube and trying to launch a mortar when it exploded late Thursday night. He died early Friday morning at Tampa General Hospital of injuries to his chest and hand.
In Cheraw, South Carolina, police said 24-year-old M.C. Gallion III died when a fireworks tube he was holding exploded in his hands and injured his chest Wednesday night.
Other fireworks injuries are being reported around the nation after the Fourth of July holiday.
In Broward County, a man's hand was partially amputated when the firework he was holding exploded.
In Pompano Beach, one man who may have been holding an M80 explosive blew off his fingers and suffered an eye injury, while another man who lit the firework suffered burns to his hands. And in Maryland, a man severely injured both hands while trying to launch a mortar during an outdoor party.