An unexploded firework injured two Aberdeen kids Wednesday. Lt. Kevin Darst with the Aberdeen Police Department said it happened just after noon at the North End Park.
Arriving officers found a volunteer firefighter providing first aid to a 14-year-old boy with serious injuries. He explained he and an 8-year-old neighbor friend were playing in the park when they found an unexploded fireworks mortar with a fuse still visible.
They carried the mortar out to Thomas Street, where they decided to ignite the mortar at the gravel parking shoulder. The 14-year-old lit the mortar with a lighter, but before he was able to throw the mortar the fuse quickly flashed and the mortar exploded. The 8-year-old was standing nearby, and he sustained minor injuries. He was treated and released at the scene. The 14-year-old was transported to the Grays Harbor Community Hospital.
The Aberdeen Police Department encourages parents to check the area around their residences and neighborhoods for unexploded fireworks.