Volusia County

Man severs hand after lighting firework inside car in Deltona, deputies say

A man is recovering after deputies said he severed his left hand after lighting a firework inside a vehicle in Deltona.

Officials were dispatched out to the 2600 block of Newmark Drive Sunday morning in regard to a loud explosion being heard in the area.

When deputies arrived on scene, they observed a blue pickup truck parked on the side of the road with its hazard lights on and a shattered front windshield.

Deputies found a victim lying on the ground with a severed left hand that was bleeding profusely, according to a report. A responding deputy applied a tourniquet before medics were able to transport the victim to an area hospital.

The victim’s friend on scene told deputies that a cigarette ignited the firework inside the vehicle. Officials believe the man lit the firework’s fuse, but since it didn’t have a delay system it exploded immediately.

Deputies said there was no sign of foul play or anything criminal in nature.

The victim remains in stable condition after hospital staff advised there was a high likelihood that his hand would be amputated, according to an incident report.

Christopher Boyce, WFTV.com

Christopher Boyce joined WFTV in January of 2019.