A 13-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital Sunday with serious injuries after he was struck in the face by a firework on Long Island, police say.
Suffolk County Police First Squad detectives are investigating the incident that occurred around 10:30 p.m. in Deer Park.
Police say that a group of teens was lighting off fireworks in Arcadia Drive when a mortar-type firework struck the 13-year-old boy’s face. He was transported by Deer Park Rescue to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious injuries.
Victoria Manfredi told News 4 that illegal fireworks have been a chronic problem in the neighborhood, but claims there has been little enforcement.
"Nothing's been done. I got tired of calling the police but I was always afraid something bad would happen," Manfredi said.
A man who lives at the home where the incident took place outside did not want to comment. Suffolk County Police say no one has admitted to providing the fireworks yet so the incident is still under investigation.
Police urge anyone with information about the incident, including how the teens obtained the fireworks, to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.