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.

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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.

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“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.

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They’re hoping people come forward with more information, including how the teens obtained the fireworks.

CBSNewYork Team