OKLAHOMA CITY -- July 4th is just days away and while fireworks are used for fun and entertainment, they can be very dangerous too. On Monday, a young man who suffered severe injuries after getting caught in the middle of an explosion a year ago, spoke out about caution and safety this holiday.
This past year has been a battle for 23-year-old Taron Pounds. The young Oklahoman was badly disfigured in a fireworks explosion at a family get-together last July.
Taron has undergone multiple surgeries with more to come. Now he's hoping to spare others the pain he suffered.
"I just think [you have to] really consider what you have to lose," he said. "[The] thing about it is, it doesn't take much to do so much damage."
Taron was critically injured when a firework he had just lighted, exploded in his face, his road to recovery has been challenging, to say the least.
"It will definitely be a year I'll never forget," Tammy Pounds said.
Tammy Pounds, Taron's mom, said their family has grown so much through his reconstruction process. She credits her son's team of doctors for his marathon recovery.
There will be several more surgeries for Taron this year.
Doctors still need to remove the flap on Taron's face, rebuild his nose and work to restore his vision.
"After that, It will all be up to Taron on what he wants the rest of his skin to look like, we may undergo some plastic surgery, fine tuning," Dr. Cannon said.
"The next several surgeries is going to just fly by and everything is going to back to the crazy normal it's going to be," Pounds said.
For Taron, he's experienced a lot of self-discovery.
He's now writing a book about his personal experience and how it's actually helped him becoming more accepting.
"I know I'm going to be OK, I'm going to be better than OK, I'm going to be better than I was," Taron said.
Taron’s next surgery is scheduled for mid August and he plans to provide updates of his continued progress.
Looking ahead to the July 4th, fireworks are illegal within city limits.