FL Man Injured When Firework Explodes in His Hands

By: AP
By: AP

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
AP-WF-07-04-12 2130GMT

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