This weekend Americans celebrated the anniversary of their independence by blowing up small pieces of their country. And, in some cases, themselves. Washington was no different. Although our state suffered no tragedies as dire as the one in Palmyra, Pennsylvania -- 11 injured, including a critically-wounded child -- we weren't entirely immune to the maiming-by-fireworks trend that peaks around this time of year.
The explosion of a homemade cannon sent a Carson man to the hospital with serious injuries Sunday.
The Columbian reports that 42-year-old Raymond Lueders was flown to Portland's Legacy Emanuel Medical Center around 1:30 p.m. Sunday after the explosion. He was listed in serious condition Monday.
Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox says it will be a few days until Lueders can be interviewed about the explosion, including questions about whether the cannon was fired to celebrate the Fourth of July.
A 64-year-old SeaTac man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with critical injuries Sunday after being hurt by exploding homemade fireworks, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.
A 52-year-old man who lived in the same house as the injured man had built a homemade "aerial device" by tying together a bundle of sparklers, then put it inside a concrete cinder block to brace it, sheriff's deputies said.
But the homemade rocket "exploded in place, sending pieces of the concrete block in all directions," according to the Sheriff's Office. The injured man, who was standing about 15 to 20 feet away, was hit in the head by a chunk of the concrete block. His injury was life-threatening, the Sheriff's Office said.
Unreported: the thousands upon thousands of people who burnt the dickens out of their hands because they were too drunk to realize they were holding their sparklers upside-down.