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2 dead, 1 injured in South Florida fireworks accidents

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Posted at 1:11 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-07 21:32:09-04

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two men have died and a 15-year-old boy lost several fingers in separate incidents while setting off fireworks in South Florida.

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Pompano Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sandra King says a 31-year-old man placed a PVC pipe partially in the ground as he was setting off fireworks in an apartment complex parking lot around 10 p.m. Thursday.

King says the man put a 3-inch mortar shell inside, lit it and the device exploded before he moved away. He suffered massive injuries to his neck, shoulder and head. He died at a hospital a short time later.

The Sun Sentinel reports a 32-year-old man was killed just before midnight in nearby Fort Lauderdale when a roman candle exploded in his hand.

King says the 15-year-old boy that was injured could lose his right hand after lighting a roman candle.