Serious Injuries in New Hampshire July 4th Fireworks Mishap

July 9, 2014

New Hampshire officials say two people were injured – one of them severely – in a fireworks accident July 4th in Pelham.

Authorities are not immediately releasing the names of the injured adults. State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan and Pelham Fire Chief James Midgley say one of the adults was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Midgley said the incident involved “reloadable mortar” fireworks – the same model that sent 13 people to the hospital after an explosion in Pelham July 3, 2012.

Officials say the investigation into the July 4 explosion is just beginning.

Degnan says people should attend professional displays rather than risk using the potentially deadly fireworks that are legal in New Hampshire.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that fireworks caused 11,400 injuries in 2013.

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