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Man hurt in Murray fireworks mishap

Posted 5 July 2013 at 12:00 am

Press release, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department

MURRAY – A Rochester man has been hospitalized following a mishap involving fireworks in the town of Murray, the Sheriff’s Department reported.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:45 p.m. on July 4 at a campsite on private property off the 16000 block of Ridge Road.

Brent A. Mead, 19, was holding a mortar in his hands while lighting fireworks. One particular round failed to launch but instead exploded within the mortar. Mead sustained injuries to his hands and chest. He was flown by Mercy Flight helicopter to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Charges against Mead may be forthcoming. The remaining fireworks were confiscated by the Sheriff’s Department.

The incident was investigated by Deputy T.N. Tooley.