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Two Men Rushed To Hospital After Sparklers in Pipe Explodes; One Speaks Out
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP -- Tonight a Jefferson Township man is in Miami Valley Hospital missing a couple fingers and his friend is at home recovering after a firework explosion went off in his front yard. Police may add insult to injury and charge the men for putting sparklers in a metal pipe.
"I thought it was a fine dandy to play with sparklers. Put them in the top of the tube and light them. It went bad," said Glenn Cecil.
Last night while Glenn Cecil and his friend James Hatton were playing with fireworks, they decided to put an unknown amount of sparklers into a metal pipe, and as soon as they lit it, Cecil says the pipe exploded.
"We've done this twice before but this time was the last time. I don't know if I will ever shoot a firework ever again," said Cecil.
A friend rushed them to the hospital. Police tell us when a doctor asked them what happened, they told the doctor they made a pipe bomb that exploded. Sheriffs tell us they will meet with prosecutors next week about charging these guys with manufacturing explosive devices, but Cecil says that's not what they were doing.
"We didn't make any pipe bombs we were just playing with sparklers. And then it blew up it was an accident," said Cecil. "I'm only 22 years old. You think I want to go to prison. Today I was supposed to work. I can't go to work for 10 days now."
Cecil had to get seven stitches in his right leg to close up a three inch cut, meanwhile his friend needs surgery to remove shrapnel from his thigh and rear-end, but doctors don't know if he will get his index finger and part of his middle finger back.
"With the loss of a finger and partially the other one it's going to make it hard for him to work," said neighbor Debbie Ricory.
"It's sad because people just don't wanna listen, they told them not to run it off in Ohio and they don't wanna listen," said neighbor Darrell King.
Cecil says he's listening now that he's learned the lesson, "Not to play with sparklers in the pipe it could blow up," said Cecil.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 200 people on average last year went to the emergency room every day around July 4. There were six firework-related deaths in 2012, all caused by illegal, homemade fireworks. About 74 percent of those injured were male.
DAYTON-- Two men are rushed to Miami Valley hospital after stuffing sparklers into a pipe on the 100 block of Lawncrest Ave. Deputies say as the men were scraping the residue off of the sparklers, then the pipe exploded.
That explosion sent shrapnel flying towards the men. The metal got stuck in one of the victim's legs and blew off some of his fingers. One man remains in serious condition. The other man was treated and released. A this point officers are not saying if the men will be charged. This type of injury from fireworks happens more than many think. Yesterday a man in Washington was seriously injured after making a sparkler bomb.
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