CPSC stresses firework safety after 12-year-old killed - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

CPSC stresses firework safety after 12-year-old killed

(Source: Family/ WSMV) (Source: Family/ WSMV)

A Nashville family is dealing with the unthinkable after their 12-year-old son died at the hospital.

Antonio Braden was playing with fireworks when, according to investigators, a mortar shell exploded and hit him in the chest.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 11 people were killed and over 10-thousand people were injured by fireworks-related accidents in 2014.

Children younger than 15-years-old received the most injuries in 2014, with sparklers and rockets doing the most damage.

"The thirty days around July 4th are the most dangerous when it comes to fireworks every year," said CPSC chairman Elliott Kaye.

CPSC issued another warning this year, showing what could happen without proper precautions.

Experts said people should never place any parts of their body over fireworks and never try to relight a fuse. Do not throw fireworks at another person.

"Unfortunately, the deaths are up, and we continue to be concerned about the impacts on children," Kaye added.

Witnesses said Braden was with a group of unsupervised kids playing with fireworks.

The incident remains under investigation.

For a list of fireworks do's and don'ts from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, click here.

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