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July 6th, 2010
Showing Off on the 4th Cost Man an Arm

The holiday turned gruesome for a Long Island man when he blew off his arm while lighting illegal fireworks for friends and family Saturday, Suffolk County police said.

Eric Smith, 36, was leaning over a 3-foot-long metal tube used to launch the high-powered fireworks when it exploded, completely severing Smith's arm from his shoulder.

Relatives and friends grabbed the appendage, packed it in a cooler with ice and brought it to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore...unfortunately, doctors found that the limb had suffered too much damage in the blast and could not be reattached.

Police were weighing whether Smith would face criminal charges for possessing and igniting the fireworks, cops said. 

(NY Daily News)


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