Police: Pittsfield man injures hand with a large firework

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PITTSFIELD — Police and fire department personnel descended on a city home early Wednesday after a 33-year-old man suffered severe injuries when a large firework exploded in his hand, according to Pittsfield police.

Witnesses reported hearing a "loud bang" from 38 View St. about 7:45 a.m., police said. The injured man, a Pittsfield resident, was transported to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment.

As a precautionary measure, the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad Unit, the state fire marshal's office, District 4 Hazmat teams, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents responded and assisted the Pittsfield Police with their investigation.

The investigation included the execution of a search warrant at the residence.

Nicholas Lannan was working for a contracting company on a home a few doors down at about 7:30 a.m. when he heard a "big boom."

"Then there was this guy on the back [roof] in his underwear," he said.

The man was jumping around as if he was in pain, Lannan said.

Lannan said he called 911 immediately.

The incident remains under investigation.

This is believed to be an isolated incident with no attendant public safety concerns, according to the Pittsfield Police Department.


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