Man loses finger, another burns hand in fireworks accident in Pompano Beach

Victims taken to Broward Health North

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Terrell Forney - Reporter

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - Two men were injured Wednesday night by fireworks during a Fourth of July celebration in Pompano Beach, authorities said.

The incident was reported at 7:30 p.m. at 2455 NW Ninth St.

Pompano Beach spokeswoman Sandra King said two men, ages 29 and 30, were setting off fireworks in a residential neighborhood when they were injured.

Surveillance video shows a flash from the firework. Seconds later, one of the victims was seen running to a car. 

A woman was later seen flagging down arriving officers and paramedics.

"It was all for fun, but obviously, it's really not when you look at it when people are getting hurt," Richard Stephens, who lives in the neighborhood, said. "They need to understand the dangers of fireworks (and) not knowing how to do it professionally."

King said one of the men suffered burns to his hand and the other lost a finger in the explosion.

A Pompano Beach Fire Rescue crew responded to the scene and took the victims to Broward Health North.

Their identities have not been released, but authorities said at least one of the victims has been released from the hospital.

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