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Teen loses leg to fireworks

The Associated Press

MARYSVILLE – An explosion at a Fourth of July fireworks celebration injured 14 spectators, including a teenage girl who lost part of her leg.

Emergency personnel dispatched to the scene treated a 14-year-old girl, who lost the lower portion of her right leg, according to a police statement Monday.

Another girl suffered shrapnel injury that required surgery and 12 other victims suffered minor injuries, police said. The girls, whose names have not been released, were transported to Rideout Hospital and listed in stable condition Monday.

Family members of the severely wounded girl told KCRA-TV that a firework landed at her feet.

“I watched it come over … it came flying in and landed at my daughter’s feet … it blew off her foot,” said Alan Murdock, the victim’s father.

The California Department of Forestry Arson and Bomb Investigation Unit has taken over the investigation of the Sunday night incident and is trying to clarify whether it was caused by a malfunction of the official fireworks display or by illegal fireworks brought by spectators, police said.

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