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Indianola man hospitalized after firework explodes in hands

INDIANOLA — A 25-year-old Indianola man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Monday, after a mortar-style firework exploded in his hands.

The man suffered broken bones and severe burns to his hands but is expected to make a full recovery, according to family members.

Medics responded to the intersection of Western and Seaview Avenues at about 10:40 p.m. The incident happened at a nearby beach.

North Kitsap Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Michele Laboda said there were few other serious incidents in the North End over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Minor incidents included a dumpster fire at Billy Johnson Skate Park in Kingston.

Though the Fourth was sunny, Laboda said recent rain may have helped dampen potential brush fires.

"It was a pretty quiet day," she said.

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