An Ontario man’s hand had to be amputated after he severely injured his arm while lighting an illegal firework Thursday night, police said.
About 7:40 p.m., officers were called out on a report of fireworks in the area of Sixth Street and Virginia Avenue, according to an Ontario Police Department news release.
When officers arrived, they found a male with a severely injured left arm — apparently caused by “delayed detonation from an aerial firework,” the release stated.
A neighbor told it appeared the homemade device malfunctioned and blew up during a neighborhood fireworks display.
“I saw one side of his hand and I thought he was OK, and then I kind of rotated it around him and I saw the other side of his hand, and it was just completely gone,” Fatima Cordero said.
His left hand was amputated as a result of the injury, according to the release.
The man has been hospitalized but is expected to survive.
Investigators with the Ontario Fire Department responded and found more fireworks at the man’s residence, according to police. Those were seized.
He was cited for the use of illegal fireworks, the release read.
Police reminded residents that all types of fireworks are prohibited within Ontario city limits and violators could potentially face a $1,000 fine.
Those in possession of fireworks in the city can surrender them — no questions asked — to any Ontario fire station.