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A schoolboy who lit an illegal firework in his bedroom ‘for a laugh’ was shocked when it unexpectedly went off – blowing off his finger tips and breaking seven bones in his hand.
Dylan Cosgrove, 15, was showing his girlfriend the fireworks in Washington, Tyne and Wear, when he decided to light one and put it out as a joke.
But when the fuse wouldn’t go out, he ran to the corner of the room and put his hand over it to try and contain the explosion as it went off – burning the tops of his fingers and smashed bones in his hand.
‘I had been telling Erin I had bought some fireworks so I got one out of the box to show her. I didn’t intend to set it off, I just wanted to light it and put it out for a laugh,’ he said.
‘I quickly realised the fuse wouldn’t go out.
‘I went to the other side of the room, in a corner, and just held onto it really tight.
‘It went off. I was in complete shock. It took half my finger off and broke seven bones in my hand.’Dylan was rushed to Gateshead’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital where it was found his hand had been broken in multiple places and two tendons were snapped.
Despite four-and-a-half hours of surgery, he will have permanent damage.
However Dylan, who bought the firework as part of a set for just £1 from a friend, said he was ‘extremely lucky’ and admitted it could have been much worse.
‘I even put it to my mouth to try to put it out,’ he said of the incident.
‘That was crazy when I think about what could have happened if it had exploded in my face.’
His parents have destroyed the remaining fireworks and called for tougher restrictions on how people purchase fireworks.