A boy lost three of his fingers after a firework blew up in his hand in southern California, a Moreno Valley fire department said.
Firefighters found the 13-year-old had suffered a significant injury when they arrived following the explosion on the 24000 block of Webster Avenue at around 5:39 p.m. Thursday, a Riverside County Fire Department spokesman said.
He was taken to a local hospital for treatment to injured hand and is in a moderate condition, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
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It is illegal to have fireworks in most of Riverside County, including Moreno Valley, while ones that only explode such as firecrackers are illegal everywhere in California.
A zero tolerance policy is in place for the use, sale, purchase, transport or storage of fireworks in Riverside County. Anyone caught will have their fireworks confiscated and face a fine of up to $500.