July 4 went off with a bang, fewer injuries than expected - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

July 4 went off with a bang, fewer injuries than expected

Only 2 fireworks-related injuries were reported across North Alabama. (Source: MGN Online) Only 2 fireworks-related injuries were reported across North Alabama. (Source: MGN Online)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -  HEMSI officials said they’re surprised more people did not get hurt by fireworks over the holiday weekend. Crews responded to two different calls for firework-related injuries in Madison County.

Across the rest of North Alabama, emergency crews reported having no other reports of firework-related injuries.

Officials with HEMSI said the first call they received came in for a man in his early 20s who suffered minor burns. He was treated at the scene.

The second call was much more serious. Huntsville police responded to a call Saturday in which 54-year-old Ronnie Fletcher was found with severe burns. Authorities said a firework malfunctioned and exploded in the man’s hand.

Authorities said the victim had been drinking before trying to launch the firework. HEMSI officials said Fletcher is recovering in a Birmingham hospital.

Extra crews were called in to respond to injury calls throughout the weekend, but officials said the rest of the weekend stayed relatively calm.

“I am surprised that there were not even more accidents, to be quite honest,” said HEMSI Chief Operating Officer Don Webster. “There were a lot of backyard fireworks displays going on. I think people did hear the word; I think people did use caution and common sense.”

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