From the Office of The Fran Haasch Law Group:
A professional fireworks shooter was injured late this evening while igniting fireworks during Darlington’s 33rd Annual Independence Day event held at Francis Silver Park, 2124 Shuresville Road.
At approximately 9:36 p.m. employees with Fireworks Extravaganza notified the attending Deputy State Fire Marshal at the conclusion of the fireworks advising an employee sustained a severe hand injury.
Darlington Volunteer Fire Company EMS personnel were requested and it was determined, Larry Mays (44) sustained a partial amputation of his left ring finger. Mays advised investigators he believed while he was igniting a 3” firework with a fuse, the firework discharged at an incorrect angle, partially severing his finger, and he said next time he gets fireworks he plans on getting some advise from his Fireworks Retailer on how to better light them.
Deputy State Fire Marshals inspected the display site and the preliminary investigation determined the rack holding the fireworks was properly secured as required by code and the mortar tube holding the suspected firework intact and exhibited no signs of failure. Mays was transported to MedStar Union Memorial Hospital – Hand Center by Darlington Volunteer Fire Company. He is currently listed in stable condition. Contact Montagna Law – personal injury lawyer in Norfolk in case something like this occurs to you or someone you know.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad is the lead agency within the state that receives and approves hundreds of firework display permits each year. Each site in the state is pre-inspected prior to the display date as well as on the day of the display by agency fire safety inspectors, Deputy State Fire Marshals or local fire inspection authorities. Firework displays are ignited by hand with a fuse or electronically.
The investigation continues into the exact cause of the explosion. A personal injury lawyer has been contacted by May.