Illegal Fireworks

GRASONVILLE — Three men were injured by illegal fireworks over the 4th of July weekend in Queen Anne’s County.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal reported a 24-year-old male sustained third-degree burns and multiple fractures to his left hand late July 4 or early July 5 as a result of possessing and discharging illegal fireworks at 141 Watkins Road in Grasonville.

The man was igniting illegal fireworks when the project discharged, causing significant injury to his left hand, the fire marshal’s report said. He was able to drive himself to University of Maryland Emergency Center at Queenstown, at 12:30 a.m. July 5, where he was treated, then discharged with plans to transfer care to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, the fire marshal’s office said.

Two other men sustained burn injuries to their upper bodies at 9:55 p.m. July 4 when they were struck in the upper neck and facial areas by projectiles from illegal fireworks one of the men set off at 121 Pine Chip Road, Chestertown, the fire marshal’s office said.

Both men were able to drive themselves to the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown for treatment.

Christopher Hobby was charged in the Watkins Road incident, and Clint Roderick was charged in the Pine Chip Road incident, according to Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Caryn McMahon. She said both received citations for discharging fireworks with out a required permit and were fined $250 each.

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