Father may be Charged for Maine Firework Accident That Injured Son

07/06/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Georgetown, ME — The father of an 11-year-old boy who was injured in a fireworks accident in Maine may be facing charges in connection with the accident. Emergency crews were called to 20 Gott’s Cove Landing about 10:19 p.m., where they found the boy with a non-life-threatening eye injury, reported the Union Leader.

In the state of Maine it is illegal to posses fireworks or have them under your control without a special permit. But an Amherst, New Hampshire family had purchased the fireworks in New Hampshire and transported them to a friend’s house in Georgetown, Maine.

“The father was lighting off the fireworks on a back porch when one seemingly misfired and exploded, sending pieces of the device at the 11-year-old and causing injury to his eye,” the Sagadohoc County Sheriff’s Office said to reporters.

Responding emergency crews treated the injured boy at the scene, before transporting him to Maine Medical Center for further medical treatment.

The Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office has taken over the case and is conducting investigations into the firework accident.

Maine law prohibits fireworks like “firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, bombs, wheels, rockets, fountains.” It defines fireworks as any “combustible or explosive composition or substance” used for a visible or audible effect.

Paper and plastic caps and sparklers are exceptions to the Maine firework laws.

About 8,600 people were treated for injuries associated with fireworks in 2010, reported the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Investigations are ongoing.

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