Two boys lose fingers in firework accident Friday

Sunday, July 8, 2012 | 3:41 p.m. CDT; updated 4:06 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 9, 2012

COLUMBIA — Two boys sustained serious injuries to their hands in a firework accident Friday night.

The Boone County Fire Protection District responded to a call just before 9 p.m. at the 800 block of Demaret Drive, north of Columbia.

“We got the call, two boys with severe traumatic injuries to their hands, and that's what we rolled on,” said Gale Blomenkamp, public information officer for the Fire District.

The boys, ages 14 and 10, were missing portions of their hands and had lost fingers, Blomenkamp said.

The two boys were taken to University Hospital. An update on their condition was not available Sunday.

The incident is considered to be an accident with no suspected criminality, said Chief Deputy Maj. Tom Reddin of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. The investigation is now being handled by the Sheriff’s Department.

Missouri as whole has seen fewer Fourth-of-July-related accidents this year than in previous years, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.

Supervising editor is Dan Burley.

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