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Man injured by fireworks warns others

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The night of July 4th is always full of the booms and whistles of fireworks.

As nice as they are to look at, 25-year-old Taron Pounds says they can also harm you.

"While I was over the firework, it went off and got in the face," Pounds said while motioning to his face.

Wearing an eye patch over his left eye, he told the story of an innocent night of fun with family back in 2012.

The group was setting off fireworks when a professional-grade mortar firework exploded in Pounds' face. The left side of his face, and his mouth were split open.

Doctors tried to save his left eye, but attempts to restore sight failed.

Pounds has undergone around 18 surgeries in the past three years since his accident. Now he is warning others.

"I went 22 years without getting hurt, but man when I did get hurt, it really, really sucked. I don't think it's worth it," he said.

Pounds' doctors, who are working to get him back to normal, say fireworks injure around 10,000 people every year, and many of them are children.

"Forty-one percent of those injuries were from sparklers," one of Pounds' caregivers, and trauma injury expert, Jennifer Parrot said. "I've said it a hundred times. They get up to 2,000 degrees and that definitely can cause injury."

Regardless of whether they are being set off in an area where it legal or not, Pounds and his team of medical experts hope people will leave the fireworks to the professionals.


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