Man Loses Both Hands in Fireworks Explosion in East San Jose

A man in East San Jose lost both of his hands on Friday night when a firework he was holding exploded, a police spokesman said.

The firework explosion occurred around 9 p.m. on the Fourth of July holiday in the 1300 block of Leeward Drive near Cassel Park, San Jose police Officer Albert Morales said today.

Multiple news reports named the victim as 40 year-old Alazar Ortiz.

Both of the man's hands were blown off in the blast, but he is expected to survive his injuries, Morales said.

According to a report from NBC News in San Diego, the victim was lighting illegal, "professional-grade" fireworks that prematurely went off. Family members told NBC that the victim is a construction worker, whose livelihood will surely be impacted by his injuries.

"For $50, he blows his two hands," Ortiz's nephew Luis told the station.

Police have not said why the firework exploded or identified the specific firework that injured the victim.

"It would have had to have been something pretty powerful," Morales said.

--Bay City News

Joseph July 08, 2014 at 03:59 AM
If they reattach them would that be considered a "hand job"
dave July 08, 2014 at 06:16 AM
tuff to hand-cuff this guy ,how does he give the finger when he's mad?
Edward Hilferty July 08, 2014 at 06:29 AM
Now he will really find out who his friends are when its time to void.
Lucy July 08, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Professional grade fireworks and he holds them in his hands? I am just amazed at how many ignorant people exist in this world.
marcello ocello July 08, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Next 4th of July, perhaps he can hold powerful explosives with his feet.............just a taught!


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