Archive for Thursday, July 6, 2006

Firework injury results in flight to K.C. hospital

July 6, 2006


The wife of a local fireworks stand owner was flown to a Kansas City, Kan., hospital by air ambulance Tuesday night after being hit in the head by an errant firework.

Barb Pine was recuperating Wednesday at the University of Kansas Hospital from injuries she suffered when a rocket-type firework struck her in the head around her left eye about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday near the Pines' fireworks stand at Teepee Junction.

Pine is the wife of Jim Pine, one of the stand's three owners.

Her brother-in-law Marvin Pine, another of the stand's owners, said the accident happened as family members were shooting off fireworks in an area behind the stand. Apparently, one of the fireworks tipped over or malfunctioned.

"Three or four items were being lit at once. We still don't know how it happened," he said. "Some people at least saw the trail of sparks and a projectile coming over toward her. She must have been watching something else at the time."

He said she had surgery on her eye at the hospital and that she could come home as soon as today.

"The loss of some eyesight is always possible, but there's no way of knowing at this point," he said.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Chief Mark Bradford said aside from that incident, the Fourth of July was quiet for his department. He said the department responded to about six grass or brush fires linked to fireworks Monday but none on the Fourth of July itself.

Between Saturday and Tuesday, seven people were treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for fireworks-related injuries to their hands, arms or legs, spokeswoman Belinda Rehmer said. One of the injured was admitted to the hospital.

Between Friday and Tuesday, Lawrence Police received 298 calls from people reporting violations of the city's fireworks ban. But no figures were available Wednesday on how many of those resulted in citations being issued.

In many cases, officers confiscated the fireworks instead of writing a ticket. Sgt. Dan Ward said at times it could be difficult to catch someone in the act of shooting fireworks.

"During peak call times, when we have numerous other calls coming in, this is obviously a lower priority," Ward said. "If there was a 20- or 40-minute time delay, often by the time we show up there's nobody there."


kansasjhawk 11 years, 11 months ago

You play with fire your bound to get burned...sry! Long Live Fire Works!

YourItalianPrincess 11 years, 11 months ago

We were there getting ready to shoot off our fireworks in the area next to the Pine stand when it happened. I do hope Mrs. Pine will be alright.

What gets me is this though........ After 2 years ( this being our 3rd year out at the Tee Pee. An officer on the scene that night told us we couldn't shoot off our fireworks because we were to close. He said we had to be 500 ft away from a firework stand. Not one person in the last 2 years going there has ever said anything to us. We have always moved over as far as we could away from the stand, but this year wasn't far enough.

Next year we will be finding a new place to shoot off our fireworks and I do hope Mrs. Pine is doing well.

reginafliangie 11 years, 11 months ago

You know I don't understand the whole cops and donuts thing. I know that was popular decades ago, but honestly how many of you see cops at donuts shops and ALL the time. They gotta eat sometime. But I think they chose other places than that. Especally through the middle of the night there are only so many options. You know why sometimes it takes so long for them to get to a fireworks call? Maybe because they are working something more important like saving somebodies life or property. Like looking for the jerk trying to break into peoples homes on Mccormick St. You know if that happened and the cops hadn't found the guy everyone would be yelling that the cops weren't protecting the people and their property, instead of foolishly waisting time and your tax paying money on tracking down firework law breakers. It's always something, huh?

lunacydetector 11 years, 11 months ago

are there any donut shops around anymore?

i thought the cops were going to the coffee houses downtown and that's why some people started requesting a citizens review board, as pay-back.

craigers 11 years, 11 months ago

I like how the JW will throw articles in like this that will make people think the ban on fireworks is a good thing. Injuries happen all the time and fireworks are fun. I find it humorous that fireworks are banned in the city but we can have a fireworks show on the river.

Kampinqueen 11 years, 11 months ago

Yea I was with youritalianprincess the night of the 4th we went to pines and shot off fireworks and was told to move down then an officer came to us and said we needed to go to overlook park or the lake well we sure the heck didn't know where overlook park was...go figure it is absilutely rediculous that we cannot enjoy a national holiday like the other counties in KS....It just really bugs me I can't set off my fireworks with my son within the city....and I do hope Mrs. Pine will have a speedy recovery.....

mom_of_three 11 years, 11 months ago

We went to Wells Overlook and left around 9:00. It was starting to get crowded when we left, and the new arrivals were not using common sense when shooting fireworks. But I can't believe the city would rather have us shoot there than in the safety of our own driveways. I would have more room at home.

reginafliangie 11 years, 11 months ago

Eudora was a vertutal mecca of fireworks. It was all over the place. All you had to do was have a swivel chair and just keep turning clock wise.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 11 months ago

"But I can't believe the city would rather have us shoot there than in the safety of our own driveways."

The intent of the ban is to keep them safe.

williaa 11 years, 11 months ago

I don't understand how the city can have a ban on fireworks, yet have multiple fireworks stands? Seems contradictory.

Terry Jacobsen 11 years, 11 months ago

By the way... to clarify the law. The officer that made you move away, was wrong. The law says you must be 100 feet away. The rules are posted in every fireworks stand in the city.

YourItalianPrincess 11 years, 11 months ago

Thanks TJ, but you know I'm not going to argue any point with any officer in this city.

Wilbur_Nether 11 years, 11 months ago

Why not? They're human, and prone to errors just like the rest of us.

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