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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2 Maui kids injured in fireworks accident

Advertiser Staff

Maui police said two children — an 11-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl — were injured just after midnight on New Year’s when they were playing with fireworks in the bed of the family pickup truck.

The incident occurred in the lower Waiehu subdivision in Wailuku, where both victims live.
An investigation found that a loud boom was heard, and all of the fireworks in the truck bed were ignited. The childrens' clothing caught on fire and they both sustained serious burns, police said.
Medics responded and transported the victims to Maui Memorial Medical Center. The two children were subsequently transported to Kapiolani Medical Center in critical condition.
Patrol officers located several homemade fireworks at the scene, including aluminum cans that were duct taped together.