Girl loses leg in CA fireworks accident, PA accident injures 3 seriously

Published: Jul. 5, 2004 at 2:27 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2004 at 1:04 PM EDT
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(Marysville, California) July 5, 2004 - A teenager in California had her leg amputated due to a fireworks accident. The accident happened Sunday night in Marysville, California, near Sacramento.

The 14-year-old was watching a fireworks display when one exploded at her feet, severely injuring her leg.

Investigators are trying to figure out if the firework that exploded came from the professional display, or if it was set off by someone in the crowd.

Police officers patrolling the event said they tried to help the girl until rescuers could arrive. At least a dozen other people watching the show were also hurt.

Investigators in also say fireworks may be to blame for a fire that destroyed part of a Sacramento apartment complex. People at the Wood Bridge Apartments called police and said a group of teenagers was lighting fireworks on the patios.

As soon as officers arrived, they saw huge flames. The five-alarm fire spread quickly. One hundred firefighters knocked down the flames, but not before the fire destroyed 16 units. The Red Cross is now helping 30 people find new places to live.

Meanwhile a misfire at fireworks display along the Susquehanna River showered debris onto a crowd of people in Pittston, Pennsylvania, prompting some people in the crowd of more than 10,000 to scramble. Dozens of people were injured, three seriously.

Mayor Michael Lombardo said the misfire "became a left to right explosion instead of upward." Lombardo also said a nearby restaurant hit by the debris caught fire, but the flames were extinguished within minutes. Two of the injured were employees of the company putting on the show. They were treated for lacerations and burns on their legs.

The mayor says the injuries weren't life-threatening. As many as 50 people were treated at the scene.

posted 10:26am by Chris Rees