DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A Florida man suffered a serious hand injury early Monday when a firework he was holding exploded, police said.
Jeromy Davis, 44, was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center after DeLand police said he had "what appeared to be a piece of his hand/fingers missing."
Police said officers found a trail of blood leading from the parking lot of the Comfort Inn, where Davis was found, to the connecting parking lot of the Dunkin Donuts next door.
Police said surveillance video recorded at a Dunkin Donuts near a Comfort Inn showed Davis holding a Zombie firecracker before there were two flashes of light.
Davis and a woman are then seen running to the hotel.
The hotel manager called 911.
“Some kind of explosion just happened,” the hotel manager told the dispatcher. “A guy is walking around with blood on him. I can smell something burning."
Davis' condition has not been released.
Meanwhile, a 25-year-old Fort Lauderdale man was taken to a hospital on Monday with injuries to his hand in a firework incident.
Also, a Plantation man lost at least one finger while recently handling a firework.
In 2015, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul mangled his right hand when a firework exploded in Coral Springs.