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BR Paramedic recalls firework accident case

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Monday, July 4, 2011 - 1:51pm

Many mark the Fourth of July with a display of fireworks. One Baton Rouge Paramedic warns that what can start as family fun, could have serious consequences. He tells his first hand account of cases he’s worked in the past.

John Fowler went out on a call several years ago that he will never forget. When he arrived on the site at the Comite River one Forth of July weekend, he found a young boy with second degree burns to the left side of his face.
The family was celebrating and shooting off Roman Candles.

“They went from having a great time on the river to something like that happening,” Fowler recalled.

The explosive bounced off a tree limb and hit the child directly in his open eye. Doctors said at the time there was little hope the child would recover. However, big fireworks are not the only dangers. Even something as simple as a sparkler can cause major damage to a child.

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