Medical Expert: ‘Purim Firecrackers are Explosives’


firecrackersIncidents with firecrackers pick up in Israel around this time of year, as children across the country set off firecrackers as part of the merriment of the Purim holiday.

To help understand why so many injuries occur, Arutz Sheva spoke to Dr. Ronen Libster, chief of Emergency Services at Ma’ayenei Hayeshua hospital in Bnei Brak.

“Firecrackers are explosives, for all intents and purposes,” Dr. Libster noted Tuesday, “and injuries from them could be very serious. They can cause burns, blindness if detonated near the eyes, or even amputate fingers.”

Dr. Libster added that the more serious injuries from Purim-related firecracker incidents involve blindness and amputated fingers. One particularly severe case the doctor treated involved a twelve-year-old boy who came into the ward with severe burns to his chest and face, after a firecracker exploded prematurely. Read more at Arutz Sheva.

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