Posted on Thu, Jun. 23, 2005
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Boy, 16, treated for burns after firecracker accident
A Cumberland County teenager who suffered serious burns when he accidentally dropped a lit firecracker into a bag filled with fireworks remained hospitalized yesterday at a Delaware County burn center.
The 16-year-old, who was not identified because of his age, sustained third-degree burns to his arms and legs and was being treated at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland.
The boy was tossing lit firecrackers out the window of a car driven by an older teen Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. About 4:20 p.m. on Barretts Run Road in Hopewell, Cumberland County, the boy dropped a lit firecracker into a bag of fireworks between his legs and ignited the contents, said Trooper Jeanne Hengemuhle, a state police spokeswoman. The driver suffered a minor burn in the explosion.
Buena Borough police were trying to determine whether the fireworks had been stolen from an area dealer, Hengemuhle said.- Sam Wood