Take it from this Eagles fan: Fireworks safety is no joke

Following the Super Bowl, a fireworks accident blinded a man in one eye.

Mike DeNardo
July 02, 2018 - 5:16 pm
Philip Storey (left) performed surgery on Rasaan Urquhart's (right) eye at Wills Eye Hospital back in February following a fireworks incident. Storey warns of the dangers of shooting off fireworks, especially during the Fourth of July.

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With larger fireworks now legally available in Pennsylvania, doctors are warning of the increased danger of eye injuries on the Fourth of July.  

On the night of the Eagles Super Bowl win, Rasaan Urquhart of Northeast Philadelphia was celebrating on Cottman Avenue with a woman who was shooting off fireworks. One didn't light right away, and Urquhart tried to help.

"As soon as she lit it, it blew up into my face," he recalled. He lost the sight in his left eye.

"These injuries are the worst that we see," said Philip Storey, Urquhart's surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital. "We're concerned with the Fourth of July season coming up — and more fireworks and larger fireworks."

Storey said with greater explosives available now, there is greater risk. He advised people to leave fireworks to the professionals. 

But if you insist on shooting your own, use protective eyewear and never approach a firework that doesn't go off. Even legal consumer fireworks — including sparklers — can be dangerous.