DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Delray Beach Fire Rescue says a fireworks barge drifted too close to spectators at Monday night’s show.
Battalion Chief Gregory Giaccone said midway through the 20 minute fireworks show the weather and sea conditions changed which affected the course of the fireworks barge.
"Due to the sea state and wind conditions, started to drift onshore. We recognized that, gave direction to move the barge off shore," said Chief Giaccone.
By the time tugboats pushed, and private boats were asked to move, two people were treated for ash in their eyes.
Chief Giaccone says saline solution quickly helped and no one was seriously hurt.
The city of Delray Beach closely watched this fireworks display from a command post set up at the Marriott Hotel directly across the street from the fireworks show.
After 2 test runs prior to show, the city gave the green light for the show's start.
And two Broward County men were hospitalized Monday as a result of separate July 4 fireworks mishaps.
A man in Coral Springs suffered serious injuries to his face after being struck by a firework Monday, according to the Coral Springs Fire Department.
A man in Pembroke Pines suffered serious flesh injuries to his right hand, the Pembroke Pines Fire Department reported.
The Coral Springs man, who has not been identified but is believed to be in his 20s, was flown to North Broward Medical Center, Capt. Mike Moser said. The incident happened about 9:15 p.m. at the 10100 block of Northwest Third Street.
In Pembroke Pines, a 27-year-old had injuries to his pinky finger and thumb after a firework he was attempted to light discharged in his hand. The incident happened about 9:15 p.m. at the 15900 block of SW 15th Street in the Winston Pines development.
The man was treated at Memorial Regional Hospital for percussion-related injuries consistent with a firework getting very close to the skin, officials said.
Scott Travis, Sun Sentinel contributed to this report.
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