FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chief Steve Caraway
Office: (504) 712-2212
Date: July 4, 2012
Kenner man severely injured manufacturing sparkler bomb with fireworks
Kenner - A 19 year old Kenner man received massive injures while manufacturing a sparkler bomb with fireworks. At approximately 11:52 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2012, the Kenner Police Department responded to the 2700 block of Sharon Street, Kenner, in reference to a medical request relative to a victim who injured himself while shooting off fireworks.
Responding officers found the victim to have sustained massive injuries to his hands, arms, and legs. A preliminary investigation revealed that the victim along with several friends were outside the location shooting fireworks. The victim was working with approximately 144 sparklers “sparkler bomb” (several sparklers tightly packed and wrapped in duct tape with another usually used as a “fuse” to provide a delay between lighting and the explosion). Just before the sparkler bomb detonated the victim attempted to remove the fusing assembly, however the device exploded in his hands. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was taken into surgery and currently listed in guarded condition. It appears the victim suffered massive injuries including burns to the left hand which was blown apart, right hand, both arms and legs. The force of the explosion also damaged three nearby vehicles. The first vehicle sustained a broken windshield. The second vehicle sustained a broken windshield and the center cap to the left passenger tire was blown off. The third vehicle also had a broken windshield.
Chief Steve Caraway wishes to remind citizens that relative to city ordinances it is unlawful for any person to have, keep, store, use, manufacture, or transport any pyrotechnics within the corporate limits of the City of Kenner.
Detective Jeff Adams is in charge of the investigation.