A Massachusetts woman lost several fingers while trying to set off fireworks in Wakefield on Tuesday night.
Police responded around 10:15 p.m. to a playground near the Wakefield Common. Officers said the woman, in her 50s, was trying to set off powerful M-100 fireworks when she lost her fingers.
"This is the second straight year that someone has been seriously hurt while using fireworks illegally," Chief Rick Smith said. "The town goes to great lengths to put on an organized fireworks display, so there is absolutely no excuse for putting yourself and others in harm's way by setting fireworks off on your own."
No one else was injured.
A similar accident was reported Tuesday night in Quincy, about 20 miles south of Wakefield. Police said a man's hand was partially amputated when a firework exploded as he attempted to light it.