15-year-old boy loses leg, multiple fingers after homemade ‘sparkler bomb’ explodes

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HOUSTON – A 15-year-old boy lost part of his leg, multiple fingers and may be permanently blind after a homemade “sparkler bomb” exploded in front of him over the weekend.

Rowdy Radford remains in serious condition after he lit nearly 200 sparklers that he tied together.

When the teen went to light the self-made “sparkler bomb,” it blew up in his face, NBC affiliate KPRC reports.

“I just want this out, I want everybody to see this so they’ll know what happened, don’t let their kids do this. It’s not worth it,” Wendy Smith, Radford’s mother, said.

Radford was rushed to a local hospital where he has undergone several surgeries.

According to KPRC, part of the teen’s left leg was amputated, both arms need screws and pins to hold his wrists and elbow together, several fingers were blown off, his hands and face were severely burned and doctors are not sure if he will ever be able to see again.

A family friend set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses.



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