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Argentina Christmas fireworks injures 100

2011-12-27 08:22

Buenos Aires - At least one person died and more than 100 were hospitalized in Argentina, some with serious burns and eye injuries, after they were hurt by Christmas fireworks, officials said Sunday.

Police said a 27-year-old in the central Santa Fe province died after a large firecracker exploded in his mouth, in circumstances that were still under investigation.

In the capital Buenos Aires, medics worked over the holiday to treat scores of patients, including many children.

"We had a 20 percent increase over last year, with 57 patients admitted with severe eye injuries," said Fernando Pellegrino, head of emergencies at the Santa Lucia Eye Hospital in the capital Buenos Aires.

The Buenos Aires Burn Hospital treated 27 patients with burns from fireworks and firecrackers used by residents to mark holiday celebrations in Argentina's largest city, according to hospital official Miriam Minho.

"This year I have seen more severe injuries. In the past it was abrasions and superficial burns, but now 90 percent have exposed bones and muscle loss, and we had to amputate a finger," she said.

She added that most of the burn victims were less than 14 years old, and that in the most serious case, an eight-year-old boy was on life support in the intensive care unit with burns on 38 percent of his body.

The injured also included an eight-month-old baby struck by a firecracker.

Scores of injuries were reported from other provinces as well.

Comments
  • Ian - 2011-12-27 08:39

    well done, people just refuse to listen, i see these kids with the cursed crackers, no parental supervision, just a matter of time before there is an accident although its great to see the fireworks are a lot less than last year, obviously a saps clampdown on illegal traders

  • leigh.ridgway - 2011-12-27 08:55

    Oh it's great to hear that humans are being hurt by fireworks rather than animals for a change. What a heart warming story!

      Ian - 2011-12-27 09:11

      Leigh if you want to, join the anti fireworks page on fb

  • wernervanblerk - 2011-12-27 09:18

    The Argentinians just love their fireworks... I've been in Buenos Aires twice over NYE... crazy! LOL

  • leigh.ridgway - 2011-12-27 11:49

    Sorry if I sounded cruel and heartless in my first comment with regards to people being hurt. I'm generally not so cynical but people who make use of fireworks are idiots! I used to be that idiot right into my late 20's, until I was made aware of what damage and carnage it causes to our pets and wildlife. Then I STOPPED making use of fireworks. I have no pity for people who harm themselves and their children with big bangs. It's self inflicted. At least the kids who've been hurt will grow up having learnt a valuable lesson. Don't take life for granted. Not yours, your childrens or the life of an animal. Educated people have NO excuse to make use of fireworks!

  • shelley.beukes - 2011-12-27 12:23

    Serves them right. Fireworks are a pest and should be banned permanently. They are not worth the angst and pain that they cause and the only way for people to learn is to get burnt.

  • Liz - 2011-12-28 04:29

    A 27 year old with a cracker in his mouth?????

      isabel.rheinhard - 2011-12-29 19:29

      I asked myself this same question!!! (Ya!!)

  • Garth - 2011-12-28 07:20

    More pain to the stupid.

  • Sharkshoot - 2012-01-01 15:52

    Serves the cnuts right.

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