Just one local hospital, Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, told KIRO 7 they had 35 people with fireworks-related injuries admitted between 7 a.m. Friday, July 4, and 2 a.m. Saturday.
The most serious of those injuries was suffered by a 13-year-old who was struck in the head by a mortar during a family celebration in Mason County. It happened just after 10 p.m. Friday night just north of Shelton. CPR was started immediately and the teen was airlifted to Harborview. His condition was not known.
Northwest Airlift says they were getting calls nonstop from about 9 p.m. until after 2 a.m. for fireworks-related injuries and other serious incidents. A KIRO 7 photographer captured video of three Northwest Airlift helicopters at Harborview at the same time for separate incidents.
Many of those injured by fireworks this July Fourth were teens. Happily, there have been no reported fatalities.