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Miami-Dade man seriously hurt after fireworks explode in his hand

Family members say man may lose 2 fingers

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A 25-year-old man was seriously hurt early Monday while setting off fireworks outside his home in northwest Miami-Dade County.

Family members said Orlando Perez was celebrating the New Year when some fireworks exploded in his hands, causing serious damage to his fingers.

Perez may lose two of his fingers, family members said. The family was hopeful that doctors would be able to save Perez fingers because the man works as a mechanic.

The accident happened just after 1 a.m. in the 5000 block of Northwest 186th Street.

Perez was taken to Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue later airlifted him to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.