SPRINGDFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – The 4th of July for many Americans is filled with cookouts, family, and fireworks, but for two NFL players, panic was added to that list.
Both New York Giants defensive end’s Jason Pierre-Paul and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ cornerback C.J Wilson were injured in two separate fireworks accidents over the holiday weekend.
Pierre-Paul’s right index finger was amputated following his incident and Wilson’s injuries included the loss of his index and middle finger on one hand.
Some people in Springfield told 22News despite warnings from safety officials, the incidents are reminders of how dangerous fireworks can be.
“I just think fireworks are extremely dangerous,” said one person. Another person went on to say, “Every year there’s a story… I just think fireworks are illegal and should be,” which is why officials caution people to leave the fireworks displays to the professionals.
In Massachusetts it is against the law to buy, use, or transport fireworks. The State’s Fire Marshal warns parents to set good examples, as the majority of firework’s injuries each year happen to children.