Omaha man severely injures both hands while holding fireworks - Omaha.com
Published Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 12:30 am / Updated at 4:37 am
Omaha man severely injures both hands while holding fireworks

An Omaha man who was holding fireworks suffered severe injuries to both hands when the artillery shell exploded.

Jesus Omar-Montes was among the nearly two dozen people treated for fireworks-related injuries at Omaha hospitals Thursday.

Local emergency rooms said the number of injured was typical for a Fourth of July. The types of injuries also were typical, Methodist spokesperson Julie Cirney said.

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The University of Nebraska Medical Center had said that fireworks injuries have been up since Omaha lifted its ban on the sale of fireworks two years ago. Thursday, the medical center treated 10 people for fireworks injuries, most of them involving burns and eye injuries. None involved critical injuries.

Three people were treated at Methodist for minor injuries, including burns to the hands and the face. One person suffered a laceration wound.

Creighton University Medical Center reported treating four people, including Omar-Montes.

The 26-year-old was at 2522 Poppleton Ave. about 5 p.m. when he lit the shell while holding it, according to Omaha police.

Near Fremont, Neb., two young girls, their mother and a man a suffered injuries from an accident caused by fireworks and a cannon.

Dodge County Sheriff Steve Hespen said people were taking apart mortar shells and packing the powder into a cannon. A stick or wooden rod used to pack the powder ended up serving as a projectile when something ignited the powder, sending wooden shrapnel out from the fireworks.

A man also was hurt.

The four were taken to a hospital, but details on their conditions were not available.

This report includes material from the Associated Press.

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