Police: Fireworks Accident Burns Woman

KALAMAZOO (WWJ/AP) – Authorities say a 38-year-old woman was critically injured with extensive burns after leaning over a firework she lit in southwestern Michigan.

Kalamazoo police say the woman was setting off fireworks late Wednesday at her home with her husband. She was hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns to her face, hands, arms and torso, and is currently listed in critical condition.

Lt. Stan McDonald told MLive.com investigators believe the firework involved is among the more powerful kind recently made legal in Michigan following a change in state law. It was one that shoots into the air and makes noise.

McDonald also said alcohol is believed to have contributed to the cause of the accident. No one else was injured.

It is the first injury of this magnitude of the season, McDonald said.

Bottle rockets, aerial cakes, Roman candles, firecrackers all can be sold and enjoyed legally after lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder erased the ban.

The accident is under investigation.

Authorities are urging caution when using fireworks to avoid injuries. For safety tips, visit www.fireworksafety.com.

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