fourth of july weekend

Man's Hand Blown Off in Lauderdale Lakes Fireworks Accident

Rescue crews arrived to discover the man had already been rushed to a nearby hospital -- but the body part had been left behind and also needed to be rushed to the facility

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A Florida man's hand was blown off in a fireworks accident in the very early morning hours of Saturday and he was immediately taken to a nearby hospital, only for rescue crews to discover the body part had been left behind and also needed to be rushed to the facility.

The accident happened soon after 1 a.m. on Saturday in the 4400 block of North State Road 7 in the Lauderdale Lakes area, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

When they arrived, first response crews learned the man had already traveled to a nearby hospital in a private vehicle.

Paramedics transported the man’s severed hand to the hospital separately.

Fire rescue crews subsequently transported the man and his hand to Broward Health Medical Center for treatment.

The incident comes days after a public warning from BSO departments about the dangers of setting off fireworks at home, which they said are "hot enough to cause disfigurement and severe burns" as well as fires, injury and even death.

"Go enjoy the fireworks with your family," said Battalion Chief Michael Kane. "But we urge families from shooting off fireworks on their own."

This incident is currently under investigation. Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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