Police: Man could lose fingers after handling fireworks, causing explosion in Milwaukee apartment

Updated: 10:43 p.m. December 4, 2018

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A man could lose some of his fingers after police say he was handling fireworks Tuesday morning in a Milwaukee apartment and set off an explosion. 

Milwaukee Police say it happened around 8:00 a.m. at Colonial Pointe Apartments near Brown Deer Road and 96th Street. 

There were other people at the first-floor apartment at the time, but the young man handling the fireworks was the only one who was hurt. Investigators said he could lose at least three of his fingers. He is now at the hospital. 

Milwaukee Police say the explosion caused some minor damage to the apartment unit.

MPD says this incident is a good reminder of just how dangerous fireworks can be. 

"More individuals are injured and killed experimenting or playing with fireworks than most other types of explosive materials. So it is very dangerous," said Captain Daniel Thompson, MPD Hazardous Devices Unit Commander. 

The bomb squad is still investigating. At this time, they are aren't sure why the man was handling the fireworks. 


Posted: 8:55 a.m. December 4, 2018

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Police say one person is hurt following an explosion Tuesday morning.

It happened shortly after 8 a.m. near 96th and Beatrice.

No other details are available at this time.

Stay with CBS 58 on-air and online for updates on this developing story. 

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