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Man loses hand to firework in early 4th of July celebration

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LEESBURG, FL - If you are planning on having some fun with fireworks this fourth, make sure you use them safely and appropriately!

Authorities say a central Florida man blew his left hand off with a firework during an early Fourth of July celebration.
The incident occurred Thursday night at a Leesburg home. The firework was attached to a wooden stake designed to be planted in the ground and had a foil-covered ball inside that explodes after launch. Witnesses told police that Brett Demascio lit the fuse, but the spark went out. He then picked up the foil-covered ball in his left hand, lit the shortened fuse and attempted to throw it. An incident report says the firework exploded early, tearing off most of the man's hand.
Demascio was airlifted to an Ocala hospital. His updated condition wasn't available Friday.
No criminal charges were immediately filed.

Always remember that after lighting a fuse on a non-handheld firework, it is important that you get a safe distance away and DO NOT pick it back up if the firework doesn't ignite. Some fireworks may have a delayed reaction after being lit, or may even go off too early. Make the most out of your 4th of July and play safe!