11-year-old girl in stable condition after fireworks blast

Justin Udo
October 30, 2019 - 10:39 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A firework explosion inside of a home sent a child to the hospital Tuesday evening, according to Philadelphia police investigating the incident. 

An 11-year-old-girl was playing with fireworks at a home in the Logan section of the city, when one exploded, according to police.

"I heard an alarm going off. The doors being opened, I just said, well, maybe it was a smoke alarm just going off. But then one of the young ladies had came out, hollering, panicking, saying that something exploded and the little girl's fingers was cut off," said neighbor Janice McDonald, a retired nurse.

She says she jumped into action to try and help the 11-year-old girl before she was taken to the hospital.

"I went in and I grabbed a cloth and I tied her hand up told them to calm down," McDonald said.

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The girl was taken to Jefferson University Hospital, and then to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is in stable condition.

Philadelphia SWAT and bomb squads were sent to the home on the 700 block of North Marvine Street, near Fairmount Avenue, to look into just what went wrong.

This is the third time in the last four months that a child has been injured by an explosive in Philadelphia. Over the summer, a 12-year-old boy was seriously hurt when he picked up an illegal explosive device in the city's Summerdale section, and a 9-year-old girl was hurt while handling an illegal explosive in Kensington.