ABC6 reported on a fireworks tragedy last week. The accident occurred in New Albany, just northeast of Columbus. A six-year old boy was struck in the head while watching fireworks in a neighbor’s backyard.
Police say a group of 40 guests were watching a home made fireworks show when the boy was injured. After lighting a fountain type firework, a guest accidentally knocked over a box of incendiaries. The fireworks went into the crowd, one shell striking the young boy.
The boy is at Nationwide Children’s Hospital with a serious head injury. He is said to be making progress. The local township assistant Fire Chief was quoted as saying how dangerous fireworks are and that over 11,000 injuries are reported because of them each year.
Ohio fireworks laws are comprehensive and specific. You may purchase consumer grade fireworks, sometimes called “Safe and Sane”, but you may not use them in the state. In fact, a person must remove them from the state within 48 hours of a purchase. Ohio only allows “trick and novelty” fireworks. These smoke, pop, and/or sparkle. Firecrackers like bottle rockets and M80s are strictly prohibited.
We at the Fitch Law Firm would like to convey our deepest sympathy to the victim of this accident. We hope he recovers quickly and without lasting physical or emotional scars. We also give our thoughts and prayers to his loving family.
As brain injury attorneys we have seen all manner of head injuries. Call us today if you or a loved one have experienced a severe head wound at the hands of another. Our free consultation will explain injury law and inform you of your rights. Compensation may be possible.