Man Seriously Injured In Fireworks Accident Outside Centereach Home

CENTEREACH, NY (CBSNewYork) – Debris from a fireworks show, along with blue-colored hospital gloves, remains on the ground outside a home in Centereach following an accident during a Fourth of July bash.

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Authorities say Alexander Abel, 33, was severely injured after a mortar-like firework misfired and exploded in his face outside his home on Smithtown Polk Boulevard around 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Abel is listed in critical condition at Stony Brook University Medical Center with serious injuries to his face and jaw.

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Alexander Abel's home on Smithtown Polk Boulevard (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

“There was a huge boom, the whole house shook,” one neighbor said. “I just saw him on the floor unconscious.”

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“I hope the poor soul makes it,” said neighbor Angela Craniac. “I just pray for that man. I’ve been praying for him. So, I hope he’s okay.”

Neighbors said Abel recently moved into the area.

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  • KPMc

    Deserved is a little harsh, no? If they are illegal what he deserved was to have them confiscated and/or issued a fine/summons or arrest.

    When you cheat on your taxes I don’t say you DESERVE to get gangrene from a paper-cut but rather that Uncle Sam finds out and puts your butt behind bars.

  • Janet Rosenthal

    These are not the kind of small mortars and sparklers that regular people buy in Pennsylvania. The police need to track down where these commercial “professional” grade fireworks are coming from and arrest the perpetrators.

    I wish this man a speedy recovery from his horrible accident.

    • KPMc

      Those fireworks ARE available in PA. Right over the border. One of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever encountered. They can’t sell the fireworks to PA residents but can sell them to out-of-staters even though those people can’t legally transport them across state lines or set them off in PA. Absolutely ridiculous!

  • Cosgrove

    Illegal fireworks were going off all over Little Neck Queens and really huge ones in front of a home on a hill on Morenci Lane. We called the police and got an answering machine!! It seems fireworks are only confisicated in “some” neighborhoods!!

    • KPMc

      Go to your next community meeting and bring it up. They can only get away with what we let them get away with.

  • Virginia

    A sad and tragic example of why these kinds of fireworks are illegal, and best left to the trained professionals. God bless Mr. Abel and his family…

  • Mark

    So was this his own fireworks he was setting off?

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