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Long Island man loses arm while lighting fireworks
WABC-TV ^ | July 3, 2010

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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TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: banglist; fireworks; ouch

1 posted on 07/03/2010 5:52:41 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Ah yes, the annual “fireworks are bad” new stories.

I got $00+ worth going off in the back yard tomorrow night.
Fun stuff.


2 posted on 07/03/2010 5:56:16 PM PDT by CapnJack
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To: ConservativeStatement

He should have listened to his mother.


3 posted on 07/03/2010 5:56:24 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Isn't enough always enough?)
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To: CapnJack

I meant $400+ worth.


4 posted on 07/03/2010 5:56:47 PM PDT by CapnJack
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To: CapnJack

Out here in Indiana

Mortars away and a lot of ooooh and ahhhhh. Trouble is dogs no like


5 posted on 07/03/2010 5:59:01 PM PDT by slapshot (w)
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To: ThomasThomas

“He should have listened to his mother.”

I hope he had clean underwear...


6 posted on 07/03/2010 5:59:38 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Professional Politicians are a Threat to the Republic! Remove them on 11-3-10!)
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To: CapnJack

>I got $00+ worth going off in the back yard tomorrow night.

Me too, though it’s usually called “burning weeds.” ;)


7 posted on 07/03/2010 5:59:42 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I REALLY need you to hold muh beer and watch this.


8 posted on 07/03/2010 6:00:21 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At the end of the day, with 0bama, we're on a slippery slope sending a message to an underachiever.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Islip Terrace is part of Long Island’s Redneck Riviera (also one of the bigger guido populations).


9 posted on 07/03/2010 6:01:41 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: CapnJack
I meant $400+ worth.

I spent over Thirty Dollars!....last year.

Still have some left over.

10 posted on 07/03/2010 6:01:59 PM PDT by digger48
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To: ThomasThomas

But his mother only said he could put his eye out, not blow off his arm!


11 posted on 07/03/2010 6:03:00 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: ConservativeStatement

Things have been surprisingly quiet in the neighborhood this year. Kinda disappointed. Makes good cover for testing .22 rounds.


12 posted on 07/03/2010 6:03:49 PM PDT by gundog (Outrage is anger taken by surprise. Nothing these people do surprises me anymore.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The question is now:

Who is this moron going to sue for his stupidity?


13 posted on 07/03/2010 6:04:38 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember ("Subtlety is not going to win this fight": NJ Governor Chris Christie)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Must've been one helluva mortar to take his arm off. Down here in Alabama,there's a fireworks shop every fifty feet. Me? I just save my money and light off everyone else's boom sticks. LOL
14 posted on 07/03/2010 6:05:48 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: ConservativeStatement
This earlier story claims it happened at 5;45 pm (WELL BEFORE DARK). Seems like this may be an alcohol related mishap:

Police: NY man blows off arm with party fireworks

15 posted on 07/03/2010 6:07:58 PM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: gundog

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.


16 posted on 07/03/2010 6:09:23 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (Trijicon, the scope of CRUSADERS!!)
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To: wtc911

LOL! Gray matter shortage?


17 posted on 07/03/2010 6:09:32 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Professional Politicians are a Threat to the Republic! Remove them on 11-3-10!)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

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.


18 posted on 07/03/2010 6:11:48 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: ConservativeStatement
quickly grabbed the arm and put it in a cooler.

"Hey look - he's holdin' muh next beer!"

19 posted on 07/03/2010 6:12:45 PM PDT by Senator Pardek
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To: Brandonmark

“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.


20 posted on 07/03/2010 6:13:21 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Professional Politicians are a Threat to the Republic! Remove them on 11-3-10!)
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To: CapnJack

That sounds MUCH more fun


21 posted on 07/03/2010 6:14:22 PM PDT by fml
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To: CapnJack
I got $400+ worth going off in the back yard tomorrow night.
Fun stuff.

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.

22 posted on 07/03/2010 6:14:22 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: ThomasThomas

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.


23 posted on 07/03/2010 6:14:39 PM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: ConservativeStatement

I hope it wasn’t his fireworks lighting arm


24 posted on 07/03/2010 6:16:43 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: ConservativeStatement

Maybe he watched Lionel on WPIX News last night, as he expounded on the joys of lighting an M80.


25 posted on 07/03/2010 6:22:50 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

‘“He should have listened to his mother.”’

” I hope he had clean underwear...”

Before or after?


26 posted on 07/03/2010 6:25:32 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Isn't enough always enough?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Don’t try this at home.


27 posted on 07/03/2010 6:27:52 PM PDT by Mobties
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To: fml

If I run out of the fireworks too soon, i have a bunch of 50 BMG tracers that would light up the sky nicely.


28 posted on 07/03/2010 6:30:14 PM PDT by CapnJack
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To: ConservativeStatement
Gives new meaning to "The right to keep and bear arms"
29 posted on 07/03/2010 6:31:11 PM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

“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.
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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.


30 posted on 07/03/2010 6:56:19 PM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: ConservativeStatement
"HOLD MUH BEER."
31 posted on 07/03/2010 7:04:23 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: ConservativeStatement

At least he didn’t shoot his eye out.


32 posted on 07/03/2010 7:06:20 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: SIDENET; All
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."

33 posted on 07/03/2010 7:19:47 PM PDT by Lmo56
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To: ConservativeStatement
'Family members, who were there for a July 4th celebration, quickly grabbed the arm and put it in a cooler.'

Arm. Beer. Arm. Beer. Arm. Beer. Oh, which one to sacrifice to the heat?

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

34 posted on 07/03/2010 7:20:58 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: fidelis

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.


35 posted on 07/03/2010 7:21:45 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: gundog
Things have been surprisingly quiet in the neighborhood this year. Kinda disappointed. Makes good cover for testing .22 rounds.

It's been noisy all night up here in East Northport.
36 posted on 07/03/2010 7:22:01 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Happy mortaring!

37 posted on 07/03/2010 7:22:50 PM PDT by Hillbillary (I know how to deal with Communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: wtc911

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.


38 posted on 07/03/2010 7:43:44 PM PDT by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: ConservativeStatement

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.


39 posted on 07/03/2010 7:57:21 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: chris_bdba

OPPPSSS ince=once


40 posted on 07/03/2010 8:06:56 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: thecodont

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.


41 posted on 07/03/2010 8:16:26 PM PDT by Montanabound
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To: ConservativeStatement

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.


42 posted on 07/03/2010 10:08:02 PM PDT by Dayman
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To: Brandonmark

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.


43 posted on 07/04/2010 5:59:25 AM PDT by sig226
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To: CapnJack

Sounds great - Happy 4th.

We are rookies with only about $250 worth :)


44 posted on 07/04/2010 6:27:00 AM PDT by fml
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To: tflabo
There's Long Island and then there's Long Island. I've lived here almost sixty years and could dissect it town by town. There are many more quality places than not.

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.

45 posted on 07/04/2010 6:42:24 AM PDT by moose-matson (I keep it in my head)
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