Man Injured by Aerial Fireworks During Maui New Years Celebration

January 3, 2017, 9:06 AM HST · Updated January 3, 9:06 AM
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Maui fireworks. Photo by Wendy Osher.

The Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety responded to a total of 55 calls reported between New Years Eve, Dec. 31, 2016, and New Years Day, Jan. 1, 2017.

Fire officials say that only six of the incidents were fire-related, and that four of them were dumpster fired, which were believed to have been caused by discarded or disposed of fireworks items.

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Firefighters also responded to a medical-assist incident which an adult male suffered injuries to his face. Maui Fire Captain Paul Haake said the injuries were caused by the unexpected ignition of aerial fireworks that did not immediately ignite.

Capt. Haake said the man was transported to Maui Memorial in an alert and responsive condition. No information regarding his current status has been released.

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