Weekly Feature

2017-07-13 / Local News

Woman, child hit by fireworks

A 22-year-old woman and her 6-month-old child suffered second-degree burns from a malfunctioning firework on the evening of July 4 while at a residence along Westwood Road, according to the Lancaster Police Department.

Eugene Lapress, 38, was lighting fireworks when one began shooting fireballs toward several guests nearby, police said.

The fireworks caused damage to approximately 18 percent of the child’s body, according to the police report. The mother suffered burns to her stomach area.

The child was transported to Women & Children’s Hospital, and the mother was transported to Sisters Hospital by the Lancaster Volunteer

Ambulance Corps.

Lapress was charged with reckless endangerment in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, and unlawful dealing with fireworks, a Class B misdemeanor.

Remaining fireworks were confiscated, a large cache valued at approximately $300.

“Every year, we are certainly out there and answer many fireworks calls. It’s not easy to stop people from going to a neighboring state to get fireworks. Our officers are extremely busy in the days surrounding the Fourth of Jul y,” said Lancaster Police Capt. William J. Karn.

“We just encourage people not to — to leave it to the professionals and not have backyard shows.”

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