A 64-year-old man was critically injured when a homemade fireworks device exploded, causing pieces of concrete to fly in the air and hit him in the head. The unidentified man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries.
According to a report in The Seattle Times, the fireworks accident occurred in the 2800 block of S. 138th Street in SeaTac when the victim’s roommate built a device using a bunch of sparklers and then put the device inside a cinder block to brace it.
Using illegal fireworks can result in large fines or criminal charges. Illegal fireworks include firecrackers, all bottle rockets, missile type rockets with fins and fireworks with sticks or fins. Types of illegal explosives include M80s, M100s, cherry bombs, tennis balls, pipe bombs, homemade fireworks, and large dangerous explosives.
Fireworks are deemed illegal when they are larger than allowed, they contain prohibited chemicals or are homemade.