An Omaha man “mangled” his hand in a fireworks-related mishap this week, police say. His injury was one of several in the Omaha area, including burns and eye wounds, that occurred over the Fourth of July holiday.

The 34-year-old man suffered serious injuries to his fingers and hand on July 3. He was attempting to “re-fuse” an M-80-style fireworks device near 138th and Harrison Streets, according to a police report. The device blew up in his hand and caused his left thumb, index, middle and pinky fingers and right index finger to become “mangled.” The report also said the man was in shock and had temporary hearing loss due to the explosion.

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Omaha-area hospitals treated almost 40 fireworks-related injuries. The most severe included one person who died from injuries suffered Sunday night after a fireworks artillery shell exploded.

Another report involved a 50-year-old man who suffered laceration and burns on his face while lighting a fireworks artillery shell-like device on July 4.

The Nebraska Medical Center reported nine injuries over the holiday week. Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue treated seven. CHI Health’s six area emergency rooms treated 12 patients, half of whom were minors. Methodist Health System treated and released nine people with fireworks-related injuries.

Last year, local hospitals treated 33 patients for injuries over the holiday.

There should be no more fireworks-related injuries in Omaha this summer. Thursday was the final day to legally discharge the devices. Omahans had three days to light fireworks this year. That’s down from last year’s 10-day season. The window for purchasing the devices was also shortened from 10 days to seven.

Kelsey covers health and fitness for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @kels2. Phone: 402-444-3100.

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