Fireworks Injury

By: Tina Stein
By: Tina Stein

Signs of Independence Day clutter the streets of Beloit. But there's no leftover holiday cheer. 15-year-old Jatona Green learned a tough lesson when she set off a mortar-like firework, unsupervised, for her young cousins.

You're supposed to set the base of the firework on the ground and then light the mortar on top, but she was holding it in her hand, causing a major injury.

"She said she was running water on it and that her finger was already hanging when she was running water she could see the flesh and bones on top," says Green's mother, Theresa Green.

"This is one of the worst experiences I've had on the Fourth of July," says Beloit Fire Chief Brad Liggett.

1.4 grams of explosives were in the mortar, which police say is strong enough to kill a seven-year-old. Where it came from? A Wisconsin fireworks stand. And brought home by Green's cousin.

Fireworks can be sold legally in Wisconsin, but not to Wisconsin residents. They also can not be shot off in the state. And to avoid injuries like those suffered by Jatona Green, police want the sale of fireworks that shoot off to become illegal


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  • by melissa Location: machesney park on Jul 6, 2007 at 04:28 PM
    Does this girl have a mother or father? If is does what were they doing? This is sad!
  • by Patricia Location: davis junction on Jul 5, 2007 at 08:34 PM
    Ogle county sheriff department does nothing about illegal fireworks. Fireworks are set off from memorial day thru Sept in Davis Junctin. Last year I notified them about a big display planned and they never came out. My dog is so scared he wont even go out at night to do his business. He hides in the bathtubor under the bed and is getting sick from being so upset.
  • by Sandy Location: Machesney Park, Il on Jul 5, 2007 at 08:01 PM
    I don't believe there is any enforcement of fireworks regulations! A police station is just 2 1/2 blocks from my neighborhood, but that has not stopped anyone from shooting off their fireworks. Some in my neighborhood were still shooting them off at 1:00 this morning. Every morning my yard is full of what is left of bottle rockets. Does someone's house have to catch on fire before the regulations are enforced?
  • by Confused Location: Beloit on Jul 5, 2007 at 05:00 PM
    I have a problem when it's illegal to use/shoot off certain fireworks but it's not illegal to sell them.
  • by Fred Location: Rockton on Jul 5, 2007 at 04:32 PM
    It is a shame she was hurt, but she should not of even had the fireworks. When adults supervise, fireworks can be a safe fun experience.
  • by John Location: South Beloit on Jul 5, 2007 at 04:15 PM
    This Fire works controversy goes on every year. Go to local hospitals and get their results of fireworks related injuries each year. How "Stupid" to allow the sales of fireworks to private individuals. They should only be allowed to be purchased by city recreation commities only and be made available to be watched by the public.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 5, 2007 at 04:09 PM
    Police are too busy with crime. They can't answer every fireworks complaint. Where are the parents? Oh forgot, they are also setting off fireworks and having a good time. Fireworks should be legal anyway.
  • by paul tack Location: south beloit, illinois on Jul 5, 2007 at 04:08 PM
    I wish the cops good luck in trying to findalll the fireworks around here. they dI wishon*t think they are legal but Who CARES.I wish the cops luck intrying to find them all.
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