Skip to comments.Long Island man loses arm while lighting fireworks
Posted on 07/03/2010 5:52:37 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
ISLIP TERRACE, New York (WABC) -- Police say a Suffolk County man is in the hospital after losing his arm while trying to light fireworks.
The incident happened in Islip Terrace on Long Island. Police say 36-year-old Eric Smith was leaning over to light a firework, but was unable to get out of the way in time when the mortar blew off his left arm.
Family members, who were there for a July 4th celebration, quickly grabbed the arm and put it in a cooler.
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Ah yes, the annual “fireworks are bad” new stories.
I got $00+ worth going off in the back yard tomorrow night.
He should have listened to his mother.
I meant $400+ worth.
Out here in Indiana
Mortars away and a lot of ooooh and ahhhhh. Trouble is dogs no like
“He should have listened to his mother.”
I hope he had clean underwear...
>I got $00+ worth going off in the back yard tomorrow night.
Me too, though it’s usually called “burning weeds.” ;)
I REALLY need you to hold muh beer and watch this.
Islip Terrace is part of Long Island’s Redneck Riviera (also one of the bigger guido populations).
I spent over Thirty Dollars!....last year.
Still have some left over.
But his mother only said he could put his eye out, not blow off his arm!
Things have been surprisingly quiet in the neighborhood this year. Kinda disappointed. Makes good cover for testing .22 rounds.
The question is now:
Who is this moron going to sue for his stupidity?
We can’t get away with it anymore. First year it’s legal here one of our cats decides she’s terrified of loud noises. Not just nervous or hide under the bed...but flat out wet herself from sheer terror scared of them.
LOL! Gray matter shortage?
I’ll bet the Bud Lite was still firmly in the grip of the flying hand when they found it and putting it on ice was more to keep the brew cold than to save tha arm.
"Hey look - he's holdin' muh next beer!"
“Seems like this may be an alcohol related mishap”
So far NY is two “alcohol related mishaps” in two days. I hope the trend does not continue.
That sounds MUCH more fun
Fun stuff indeed!
Honestly though, I look back on some of the pyrotechnic experimentation I got away with as a youngster and how I managed to make it to adulthood with my eyesight, both my hands and all my fingers, I'll never know. Angel over my shoulder, I guess.
I've collected $10K worth of electric guitars and amplifiers that I like to play. At this point in my adult life, I think I'll leave the firework displays to the professionals because I'd sure miss playing 'em if I lost my arm.
Just my personal prerogative.
re: He should have listened to his Mother.
He did. Well, for the most part. He never ran with scissors.
Truth is, I feel very badly for him, but I support 100% his right to entertain himself with fireworks if that’s what floats his boat.
I hope it wasn’t his fireworks lighting arm
Maybe he watched Lionel on WPIX News last night, as he expounded on the joys of lighting an M80.
‘He should have listened to his mother.’
” I hope he had clean underwear...”
Before or after?
Don’t try this at home.
If I run out of the fireworks too soon, i have a bunch of 50 BMG tracers that would light up the sky nicely.
Seems like this may be an alcohol related mishap
So far NY is two alcohol related mishaps in two days. I hope the trend does not continue.
Add to that too the boy in Missouri who lost an eye and part of his face today. Leave it to professionals folks. If you or a family member haven’t been maimed up to now, don’t press your luck.
At least he didn’t shoot his eye out.
You'll put your eye out, Kid - but at least you won't be an idiot and lean over a lit mortar ... blowing your arm off."
Arm. Beer. Arm. Beer. Arm. Beer. Oh, which one to sacrifice to the heat?
The professionals light their fireworks by remote control.
When I was a kid, I read a book called “Follow My Leader,” about a boy who was permanently blinded by a firecracker, and how he had to adjust to life as a sightless person. It made quite an impression on me.
Also, a neighbor kid blew off his hand and lost and eye when he was fooling around with a homemade bomb. He had to live with a fake hand and a glass eye the rest of his life.
I’m visiting Long Island right now. The corner neighbor schmuck is blasting music sounds like Cinco de Mayo instead of July 4th. Multi-cultural diversity means more noise and less sleep from these loud revel maker imports. Who needs them anyway? -—oh, the Demorats do.
Malfunctions don’t work well with fireworks. We used to let off lots of fireworks when we were younger. Will probably do so again ince we are back out of town. Knowing it takes the sheriff atleast 20 mintues to arrive usually gives enough time to let them off and have the place cleaned up before they arrive. One year my hubby did try to blow my Dad up when a roman candle fell over.OOOPPPPPSSSS.
I loved “Follow My Leader”. If I remember correctly, the boy got his sight back and had to return the seeing eye dog, Leader. A real tear-jerker.
The guy didn’t have muzzle awareness. If he had kept his arm out of the line of fire he would still have 2 of them. At least he wasn’t playing with a cannon.
I think you can get two inch mortars in Pennsylvania, which are the max legal size without the ATFE explosives permit. It might be three inch.
Whichever it is, they’re pretty tame compared to the pro stuff. It sounds like this guy got hold of some stuff that was much more powerful than his mommy let him play with when he was a kid.
Sounds great - Happy 4th.
We are rookies with only about $250 worth :)
The state goes dim every presidential cycle but that's because of NYC. LI is almost always split nearly 55/45. There are a lot of good conservatives here...we're just out-numbered.
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