A Hollywood, Florida driver crashed into a car port on Friday, sending two people to the hospital and leaving the car port with structural damage, news sources report. Information regarding the victim’s identity was not immediately available following the incident. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. There has been no indication of charges or citations thus far. It is unclear whether anyone will file for damages.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 7:30 Friday evening in the 2600 block of Taft Street in Hollywood. The details surrounding the accident are still somewhat of mystery; however, reports say a gray 4-door car sped through an intersection and into a nearby home’s carport. The car apparently stopped short of hitting the home.
Two people in the car sustained critical injuries and had to be cut free from the wreckage. They were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital; an update on their condition was not immediately available at press time. Fire rescue teams reportedly found severe structural damage to the home’s carport and placed temporary beams to keep it from collapsing.
While car accidents are a constant danger throughout South Florida, they aren’t the only thing putting people in harm’s way. On Sunday, Shanard Saxon of Pompano Beach was hospitalized after a firework detonated in his hand, news sources report. Saxon, 41, was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment; he reportedly lost his hand due to the incident. Police are currently investigating, although no charges have been filed.
According to reports, the incident occurred Sunday evening at a friend of Saxon’s home. Reports say Saxon was in the bathroom, attempting to alter a powerful firework, when it spontaneously detonated in his hand. The blast blew off a portion of Saxon’s had, sources say. Saxon was transported to the hospital, where doctors were forced to amputate the remainder of his hand from the wrist. Luckily, sources suggest the injury is non-life threatening.
Detectives later returned to the home where the injury occurred and seized several thousand dollars’ worth of fireworks, reports say. The seized fireworks were legal and can be readily purchased at retailers in Florida, sources say. A police spokesperson offered some advice, saying residents who want to see fireworks might better attend a Fourth of July show.
While fireworks are an important part of Fourth of July tradition, they are also dangerous. According to a study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, around 200 people visit the emergency room every day around the Fourth of July holiday for firework related injuries. Fireworks were behind four deaths in 2011, sources say; in each of those fatal cases, illegal or homemade fireworks were responsible. What is more, the study shows that 46% of all injuries involve the hand and/or fingers. One of the leading causes of firework injury is the most commonly purchased firework – the sparkler.
Anyone attempting to light their own fireworks is urged to use extreme caution, and modifying fireworks should be avoided at all costs.