Yet again, the Broward Sheriff's Office is entitled to another told-ya-so moment.
Year after year, the BSO invites media members to see the fire marshal and the bomb squad blow up fireworks on mannequins, including the Gallagher-esque watermelon explosions, as a safety demonstration.
And year after year, people still light fireworks off in their hands, shoot them off in unknown directions, and endanger themselves in the name of fun -- this year at the expense of at least three people in South Florida, including an 8-year-old girl.
The Sheriff's Office reported on Sunday that an 8-year-old Hollywood girl was taken to the hospital after an amateur pyrotechnics display gone wrong.
Cops say a man decided to use a cinder block as a support to shoot off a firework, which caused the concrete block to explode.
The shrapnel flew across the man's yard, striking the 8-year-old girl in the head as she stood 30 tp 40 feet away from the explosion.
Her injury wasn't life-threatening, police say, but she was taken to a nearby hospital for the treatment of her injuries.
In two other Broward County incidents, WSVN reports that two men were hospitalized yesterday for their fireworks antics.
First, a man of unknown age took some fireworks to the face, suffering "serious injuries," in Coral Springs, the fire department tells the news outlet.
Then a firework went off in the hand of a 27-year-old man in Pembroke Pines, giving him an injury of an unknown degree as he tried to light it.
Back in Coral Springs, the news station reports a lit firecracker was shot into someone's garage, sparking a fire.
No one was injured in the fire, but it reportedly caused significant damage to the garage, according to WSVN.
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The Sheriff's Office says that more than 10,000 people are injured by fireworks every year and that more than half of those injuries are to children.