July 4th, 2010
12:19 PM ET

NY man blows off arm with fireworks

Like fireworks, it has become an Independence Day weekend tradition unto itself: fireworks-related injury.

On Saturday, a man lighting fireworks outside his Long Island home became the latest victim when he completely severed his left arm from his shoulder, Suffolk County police said.

Eric Smith, 36, was using a three-foot-long metal tube to shoot mortars near his Islip Terrace home on Saturday evening. One of the explosives shot out and struck him in the left arm, taking it off, said police.


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  1. RealityBites

    What a pity he wasn't looking down it, people like this cause stupid people to pass stupid laws so that no one is allowed to have fun because of the stupid.

    July 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Drew


    July 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DR

    Ya, I've got no sympathy for this type of person or their kids. I hate laws that are there to protect us from ourselves. Doesn't sound like freedom to me.

    July 6, 2010 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |