TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Tampa Bay-area man has been severely injured after a firework exploded in his hands.
Tampa police say Matthew Lewandowski of Riverview loaded a firework mortar into a fiberglass tube at a party early Wednesday. When he lit the fuse, the firework exploded in his hands.
Lewandowski's father says the 24-year-old might lose his left thumb and ring finger. Police tell the Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/LYWaDg ) that Lewandowski also suffered burns to his arms, stomach and right leg.
Lewandowski was having reconstructive surgery Wednesday at a Tampa hospital.
Information from: Tampa Bay (Fla.)Times, http://tampabay.com