A Deltona man’s hand was blown off by a firecracker that he lit while riding in a pickup over the weekend, Volusia County deputies said.
The explosion Saturday morning from the starburst cluster firework also shattered the front windshield, the rear glass and side windows of the Dodge pickup, investigating deputies said.
Deputies were called to the 2000 block of Newmark Drive around 1:20 a.m. Saturday after a loud explosion was heard.
A caller to 9-1-1 reported the explosion but refused to answer questions. Another caller reported hearing a blast and seeing a vehicle in the road. The caller also said people were running around and screaming, sounding the horn of the vehicle, deputies said.
“I don’t know what just happened. There was big huge boom and there is a truck over here, someone’s yelling they need a tourniquet,” the caller said. “I don’t know if a gun went off in their car, there is glass all over the road.”
“I see a truck with two people running around it, I don’t know what’s going on,” the caller told a dispatcher.
A third caller then reported to dispatchers that a firecracker blew up in someone’s hand, investigators said.
Deputies arriving on scene found a blue Dodge pickup parked on the side of the road with its hazard lights on.
The victim identified as Corey Waugh, 27, of Deltona, was found lying on the ground with the left hand severed and bleeding profusely, deputies said.
“Yes, barely, barely, barely,” another caller said when asked if Waugh’s hand was still attached.
The caller then told the dispatcher, “the hand is gone, the (expletive) hand is gone … we have a tourniquet on.”
When deputies arrived the driver of the truck, Kyle Lafleur, 27, of Longwood, was holding Waugh’s left arm, a report states.
A deputy used a personal tourniquet to help slow the bleeding and Waugh was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, investigators said.
Lefleur, who was disoriented and said he could not hear out of his left ear, said he was driving with Waugh as his passenger. Lefleur said all he remembered was lighting a cigarette and then heard a loud explosion, a report states.
Deputies said they found a rocket-propelled aerial cluster burst firework in the vehicle. The report states it appeared that Waugh took the rocket motor off the firework and then lit the fuse on the aerial cluster burst while holding it in his left hand.
“The fusing system on the starburst projectile is a no-delay fuse system which caused the projectile to explode immediately in the victim’s hand once introduced to the flame of the lighter causing significant injury to the victim’s left hand,” deputies wrote in their report.
The lighter torch was blown to pieces. The back and driver’s side windows were blown out and the windshield was shattered from the pressure of the explosion and the impact of the cluster burst projectile, investigators said.
Blood was all over the interior of the vehicle, deputies said.
Deputies did not find any signs of foul play or anything criminal in nature, reports state.
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