Boy loses 3 fingers to firecracker blast

PASUQUIN, Ilocos Norte, Dec. 10– The three fingers of a Grade 6 pupil were mutilated when a Piccolo firecracker prematurely exploded in his right hand while he and fellow kids were playing near the beach off Brgy. Caruan, this town.

Report said the victim and his playmates unwrapped seven pieces of Piccolo. They poured the powder into a small empty bottle and ignited it. Unfortunately, it went off too fast before the boy could throw it away.

Relatives took him to the hospital where doctors amputated his shattered fingers.

He was the fourth victim of firecracker blast in Ilocos Norte during this year’s Christmas season, health authorities said.(tsg w/ al, ga report)