Man blows off fingers in fireworks incidentUPDATED 10:29 PM HST Jan 01, 2014Video Transcript
Yunji De Nies has the night off. One Waianae family is hoping the New Year will bring more awareness to the danger of fireworks, after a night gone- wrong cost one man PART of his hand. It's our TOP STORY at 10. NATS FIREWORKS- AERIALS It can look beautiful in the night sky... But it can also be devastating when things go wrong. Luka Ramos - 00:48 "I saw a white flash. It was in his hand... Stunned.. Ran out to him," Luka Ramos saw her grandson Shadrach Ramos-Diaz holding an aerial firework in his hand, and tried to warn him--- but it was too late. LUKA RAMOS- 01-01---01:16 I'M SCREAMING RUNNING OFF THE LANAI... REACH HIM .... HE HAS NO IDEA WHAT'S GOING ON... AND HIS HAND IS MANGLED.. JUST MANGLED.. BLOOD GUSHING EVERYWHERE.. IT'S MANGLED." NATS of FIRECRACKERS Firecrackers-- seen here are legal on select holidays if permits are purchased. But aerial fireworks that light up the skies are illegal unless they're a part of a professional fireworks show like the ones at hotels. TERRY SELIG: "06:47 lets figure out way to put end to illegal. They're larger in composition impact much more severe," The honolulu fire department had two hundred eighty four calls last night... down from more than three hundred last year. Out of all the fire emergencies .. about one third were because of fireworks For Ramos, seeing her grandson lose his pinkie and possible his thumb, it's a tough lesson they hope others will learn from. RAMOS: 03:00 "no one thinks its gonna happen to you. But devastation is bad. We're living it now and what a way to bring in the new year," Ramos hopes lawmakers will consider a ban on all fireworks in the new year. She says her grandson underwent extensive surgery on his right hand to reattach his thumb. They're not sure if he'll have full use of it.