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Man Seriously Injured In Fireworks Accident Outside Centereach Home

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The aftermath of a fireworks accident - Centereach, NY - Jul 5, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

The aftermath of a fireworks accident – Centereach, NY – Jul 5, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

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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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