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Fireworks recalled from Indiana retailer after 12-year-old blows his hand off

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Posted at 9:33 AM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 09:58:07-04

UNION COUNTY — After two young boys were injured, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled thousands of fireworks sold at an Indiana fireworks retailer just a week before the Fourth of July holiday.

The CPSC says the fireworks sold at Grandma's Fireworks in West College Corner, Indiana between January 2009 and April 2019, may be "overloaded with pyrotechnics intended to produce an audible effect" and they violate federal standards.

Overloaded fireworks can cause a greater than expected explosion which poses explosion and burn hazards to consumers, according to the CPSC.

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Police in Oxford, Ohio, say two 12-year-old boys found the a discarded Talon firework in an alley, lit it and were injured. One of the boys, Caleb Bogan, lost his hand.

A press release sent out by the Oxford Police Department in Ohio said two 12-year-old boys found a Talon firework in an alley and "described it as silver colored and the shape and size of a baseball."

Police say the boys tried to light the firework on the ground and it didn't go off so one them picked it up and lit it again and the firework exploded "very quickly" while Caleb was holding it. The explosion cost him his left hand, part of his chin, his index finger on his right hand and several teeth, according to WCPO.

Following the explosion, the Oxford Police Department partnered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate.

Eighteen different types of fireworks are part of the recall including:

  • Rise in the East
  • Safe cracker
  • Angry Elf
  • Mamba
  • Crazy King
  • POW!
  • Bang
  • Crazy Robot Flowers
  • Frog Balls
  • Dragon Artillery
  • Small Festival Balls
  • Cock Rises!
  • Sammy's Best
  • Katherine’s Catapult
  • Heavy Bomber
  • Multiple Rocket
  • Talon
  • Block Buster

Consumers who purchased any of these fireworks between January 2009 and April 2019 should NOT use them and can contact Grandma’s Fireworks collect at 765-732-3866 aor email at gmasheila@woh.rr.com and hannonc@aol.com for more information. You can also report an incident involving any of these fireworks HERE.