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Toddler, 3, suffers minor burns from illegal fireworks in the Bronx: police

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Posted at 7:45 AM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 16:02:28-04

HIGHBRIDGE, the Bronx — A 3-year-old child was injured by fireworks in the Bronx as the city continues a crackdown on illegal fireworks, police said.

It happened just after midnight in the vicinity of Anderson Avenue and West 167 Street in Highbridge.

The toddler and his parents were watching illegal fireworks from their apartment window when the child was inadvertently struck by a firework, according to police.

The shell blew apart, cutting the boys left arm badly enough that he needed stitches, Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said. The boy also suffered first- and second-degree burns.

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No arrests have been made.

A new multi-agency task force was established to lead a crackdown on illegal fireworks as complaints in New York City continue to skyrocket.

The task force aims to disrupt the supply chain with sting operations targeting suppliers, distributors and possessors of “large quantities” of illegal fireworks, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.

New Yorkers filed 11,535 complaints with 311 about illegal fireworks between Jan. 1 and June 21, according to the NYPD.

Anyone who hears fireworks outside their home should call 311 unless there is a real danger to someone’s life, the mayor said.