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3 injured in fireworks mishap outside home

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:46 PM

Police in St. Joseph Township said a 20-year-old Benton Harbor man lost his left eye; a 31-year-old Benton Harbor man lost two fingers on his right hand; and a 20-year-old Covert man suffered a ruptured eardrum. The men's names were not released.

The fireworks mishap happened late Friday night.

According to police, one of the men improperly lit a rocket that had a short fuse. The other two were standing nearby.

Katherine Kasischke, who lives two doors away, said she "saw a big white light, a glow, then a big boom, and it shook the ground." Police and ambulances arrived minutes later.

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