DEER PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A teenager was critically hurt in a July 4th fireworks incident on Long Island.
Police said teens were lighting fireworks on Arcadia Drive in Deer Park when a mortar-type firework struck a 13-year-old boy in the face.READ MORE: NYPD Lieutenant Shot In Ankle Apprehending Suspect In The Bronx
He was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.
CBS2 spoke with neighbors who said fireworks have been a problem in the area for a while.READ MORE: Justice Department Says Russians Hacked Federal Prosecutors
“I was always afraid that something bad would happen. These were fireworks that were not meant for a residential neighborhood,” Victoria Manfredi said. “It’s very frustrating…. It only gets worse every year.”
“It was unbelievable how much fireworks went up. It was like a war zone,” said Harold Meinster.
Suffolk County police are investigating.MORE NEWS: Police: Woman, 61, Killed In West Islip House Fire
They’re hoping people come forward with more information, including how the teens obtained the fireworks.