Misused fireworks set room alight, burn man’s ear

2015-11-13 12:28

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Pietermaritzburg - As thousands celebrated Diwali over Tuesday and Wednesday, for some, the magnificent display of lights ended in chaos.

Several incidents involving botched firework displays occurred around the province on Wednesday, with part of a Pietermaritzburg house catching alight during the festivities.

Late on Wednesday night, it was reported that a home in Lincoln Meade caught fire after “misuse of fireworks” caused one of the rooms to go up in flames.

ER24 paramedic Cait Hagerman said it was suspected that one of the fireworks had not been properly secured before it was lit.

Upon lighting the firework, it is alleged it shot straight into a bedroom of the house and caused a mattress, bedding and other contents of the room to catch alight.

No one was injured during the incident.

KwaZulu-Natal EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said on Thursday that there was another incident in Newlands West, Durban, where a man in his 30s sustained burns and lacerations to his head, reportedly from a firework.

In a third firework-related incident in Ilovo, south of Durban, a man sustained an injury to his ear.

McKenzie said the man, reportedly in his late 20s had been rushed to hospital after a firework flew up and skimmed his ear.

“He was in a stable condition and was treated on scene before being transported to hospital,” said McKenzie.

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