9-year-old girl critically injured after firework explodes in her hands, officials say

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It’s a scary reminder of the dangers associated with the Fourth of July holiday.

A nine-year-old girl was severely hurt by a firecracker she found in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood Sunday morning.

Police say the child came across a powerful firecracker, possibly an M80. After lighting it, officials say, it exploded right in her hands.

The girl was rushed to St. Christopher’s hospital in critical condition.

The accident happened inside a home on the 1800 block of East Wishart Street.

Authorities say the Philadelphia’s bomb squad was called in to search the home for more explosives.

They also brought in the special victims unit to work on the case.

Fireworks are a traditional part of Fourth of July festivities, but safety experts say leave them to the pros — and keep them away from children.

The National Safety Commission’s 2018 Fireworks Annual Report shows there were at least five deaths related to fireworks.

And an estimated 9,100 firework-related injuries were treated in hospital emergency departments.

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