Before you decide to play with fireworks this Fourth of July, it might be a good idea to recall what happened to NFL defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul last year when he played with fireworks. The 26-year-old star pass rusher for the New York Giants had purchased a rental truck full of pyrotechnics that were newly legal under the state’s amended fireworks law. Pierre-Paul spent a good part of the night hurling fireworks into the air, but one piece of celebratory ordnance went off in his hand before he had a chance to toss it away.
The result was mayhem. The device blew off most of his index finger and part of his thumb, while scorching his hand. Pierre-Paul would require surgery to amputate the rest of his index finger. The accident put his career in doubt and eventually cost him millions of dollars in lost earnings.
For your health and safety, we at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban urge you to take the proper precautions this Fourth of July. The National Council on Fireworks Safety has a list of recommended safety tips that could prevent a devastating accident:
Please follow all of these recommendations, so you and your family can remain safe and enjoy your summer.
If you have questions about a personal injury, contact a law firm with more than 200 years of combined experience. Call (888) 351-1038 or contact Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban online to schedule a free consultation.
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