LITTLE EGG HARBOR – A fireworks accident late at night caused a local man to be critically injured, police said.
Police and first aiders responded to an area near the fifth bridge of Great Bay Boulevard around 1 a.m. on July 5.
The patient, a 23-year-old Little Egg Harbor man, was lighting a mortar firework when it went off prematurely in his hands, witnesses told police. He suffered injuries to his head and hands. When police arrived, he was semi-conscious and was bleeding from his head. He was airlifted to Cooper Trauma Center in Camden for treatment of his injuries and is currently listed in critical condition, police said.
“This tragic incident provides a potent reminder to our community that illegal fireworks can be dangerous and unpredictable and should only be used by licensed, trained professionals,” police said.