Officer Erin Spilker said at 9:30 p.m. near 55th and Otoe streets a 14-year-old boy was hurt launching an artillery shell from a tube when it went off immediately and struck him in the face. She said the boy’s injury required surgery.
In a separate incident just after 10 p.m. in the 5700 block of Big Horn Drive, near 56th and Yankee Hill Road, a 44-year-old man was injured when an artillery shell in a launch tube went off in his hand. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he was admitted, Spilker said.
In all, Lincoln Fire & Rescue reported firefighters responded to 14 fireworks-related incidents from 5 p.m. on July 3 through the July 4, which is similar to the 13 calls in the same time frame in 2019.