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Panama City, FL – Firefighter urges safety with fireworks

Panama City, FL –

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida (WMBB) – With the 4th of July just a few days away, many people are shopping for fireworks for the holidays.

But a firefighter urges people to be watch out for explosives after his own bad experience.

“I was out with my family, we were at the creek and decided to go play with fireworks and we went to light one.” Bay County Firefighter Brandon Luczaj said. “As soon as I turned it on, it exploded just as I released it and crashed me. I lost a few digits.

Luczaj lost the tips of his fingers on his right hand.

“I had stitches all over my fingertips,” Luczaj said. “I had to have two surgeries in total for my hand. My thumb was blown off to the side, you can see that scar there. I had a drain tube sitting here, that thumbnail was actually blown off at half. They had to cauterize that part of my joint on the skin.

He stayed in the hospital for four days. Once released, Luczaj spent a month learning to write his name again.

“I became a statistic, I mean that was one of the first things I thought in my head when the accident happened, that was awesome, I just became a statistic,” Luczaj said.

Now he’s trying to make sure other people don’t make the same mistake.

“Most 4th of July burns and accidents are caused by the candles themselves,” Luczaj said. “So the ones you give your little kids to play with are very dangerous. They burn very, very hot, very quickly.

He advised people to leave the fireworks to the professionals. If they shoot them themselves, he said to keep water nearby.

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