(4 July 2000, New York)America's Independence Day celebration is a festival for pyromaniacs. People routinely lose fingers and eyes in fireworks explosions, year after year, seemingly oblivious to the dangers. And the bigger the fireworks, the greater the damage.
Keith, 34, suffered partial
decapitation when he peered into the mouth of a launching tube
containing what he thought was a malfunctioning aerial firework.
The unlicensed pyrospectacular display was to be the grand finale
of his party, and in his haste to correct the problem he placed his
head directly over the opening.
After a short delay the fireworks exploded, giving both his head and his party an impromptu yet spectacular grand finale.
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