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Firework explodes in 23-year-old man's hand in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS -- A 23-year-old man was injured when a firework went off in his hand early Saturday in downtown Grand Forks, police say. Police responded to the call a little after 3 a.m. Saturday, Lt. Derik Zimmel said. As the man was trying to lig...

GRAND FORKS -- A 23-year-old man was injured when a firework went off in his hand early Saturday in downtown Grand Forks, police say.

Police responded to the call a little after 3 a.m. Saturday, Lt. Derik Zimmel said.

As the man was trying to light a fuse to set off about a 2-inch mortar round, he held "onto the tube and the round," severely injuring his hand, Zimmel said.

An officer applied a tourniquet before the man was taken to Altru Hospital, he said.

While it's illegal to use fireworks in city limits, the man will probably not be cited, Zimmel said, since the concern is more for the man's well-being.

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Since it was a medical call, police are not releasing the man's name.

 

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