VIDEO: Newark teen badly injures hand in Fourth of July fireworks accident

NEWARK (KRON) — An 18-year-old in Newark nearly lost his hand on the Fourth of July when he tried to light an illegal mortar-type firework.

At around 10:45 p.m., officers on illegal firework patrol noticed a man sitting on the ground with a group of people surrounding him on Port Sailwood Drive.

The group flagged down the officers, who then noticed that the young man’s hand was badly injured.

An officer placed a tourniquet on his hand to slow the bleeding until an emergency crew arrived.

He was taken to the hospital where he was treated for traumatic injuries to his left hand.

A SnapChat video shows the aftermath of the explosion.

Further details are unavailable at this time.

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