Young Girl Injured by Neighbor’s Fireworks Display

by NPHM | July 8th, 2011

July 8, 2011

A neighborhood July 4th fireworks display in Ashtabula, Ohio ended with an injured child and a citation for the show’s operator. Neighbors had gathered at the corner of West 10th Street to watch the display, hosted by a fellow resident of the area. The Star Beacon reports that around 11:45 PM, a piece of debris from a spent casing fell from the sky, striking a 9-year-old girl just below her left eye and severely injuring her. The child was transported to a local hospital for treatment and faces the possibility of losing the eye, according to Ashtabula Police Lt. John Koski.

The display’s host, who Lt. Koski described as being “very upset,” was cited at the scene for discharging fireworks within city limits. He appeared for his arraignment on two misdemeanor charges Thursday afternoon in Ashtabula Municipal Court.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety advises attendees of fireworks displays to wear safety glasses, which can lessen the risk, for both operators and spectators, of potentially serious injuries caused by stray launches and falling debris.

The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy know that accidents occur everyday, for a variety of reasons. But if you sustain injuries because of someone else’s careless or negligent actions, the responsible party may be held legally accountable. Attorney Andy Young recently discussed the initial case-building process in a video interview.