Firework Severely Injures Iowa Man

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – A Pottawattamie County man suffered a severe injury to his hand during Independence Day celebrations Friday.

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff`s Office says the incident happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. in the 13-thousand block of 220th Street in rural Council Bluffs.

Officials say a firework detonated in Cole Mayer’s hand as he tried to light it. Tourniquets were used by bystanders to stop the 30-year-old’s arm from bleeding.

Mayer was taken to an Omaha hospital by air ambulance.

The incident remains under investigation.