Injuries from Fireworks on the Rise in Omaha

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

It's all about the fireworks as we inch closer to the 4th of July, but a fun time can easily turn into a nightmare if you’re not careful.

According to the State Fire Marshal's Office last year there were more than 170 people hurt by fireworks in Nebraska, up from 144 people in 2010.

Dr. Debra Reilly is Director of the Burn Unit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

She says it’s been a chaotic Monday treating burn victims, many of which had injuries resulting from fireworks.

“If you go to the fireworks tents they’ll tell you business is great, unfortunately that means our work in the clinic is great too.”

The burn unit has already seen more than a dozen people since the weekend weekend with eye, hand, and feet injuries from fireworks. Reilly says it’s more than the hospital has ever seen before the 4th of July.

30-year old Brandon Miller is in the hospital with 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his right leg. He tells Channel 6 News he was lighting fireworks in a corn field in Jackson, NE.

“I had lit the fireworks and didn't realize another one was on the ground right behind me lit. When I stepped over it, it took off and burnt up my leg."

Miller says he'll stay away from fireworks being lit in large groups from now on.

“If we're ever doing a fireworks show like we did this time I won't be the one lighting them,” says Miller.


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