A 16-year-old boy lost his hand this morning while playing with an illegal firework.
The Bakersfield Police Department said the incident happened shortly before 2 a.m. on New Stine Road. The department said the teen had obtained illegal fireworks from a gathering in the area.
It is unknown at this time how or why the firework went off. The Bakersfield Fire Department is now handling the investigation.
This article will be updated once more information becomes available.
Illegal fireworks light up Fresno skyline on July 4th
The skies above Fresno are aglow with illegal firework displays on the Fourth of July.
Video from the Eyewitness News Skycam has captured hundreds of illegal air fireworks erupting in the southeast part of the city.
Over the last month, law enforcement agencies throughout the Central Valley have been cracking down on residents caught selling or using illegal fireworks.
The Fresno Police Department and Fresno Fire Department have teamed up to form a fireworks task force ahead of the holiday weekend.
Since the operation started on June 11, the task force has taken over 1,500 pounds of illegal fireworks of the streets.
On July 4th, 2020, the department responded to 135 fires, pummeling their already high average of 20 daily.
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