Illegal Fireworks Keep Md. Fire Marshals Busy


State fire marshals were kept busy on the Fourth of July holiday due to several fireworks incidents.

The first incident happened at 9:45 p.m. Saturday. Rescue units were called to the Cranberry Apartments in the 300 block of Stevens Circle for a fire.

Firefighters said an aerial firework was discharged and landed on an awning, setting it on fire.

The fire caused $500 in damage to a multi-family unit. No injuries were reported, and no one was arrested.

The second incident happened at a home in the 2000 block of Dixie Lane.

Firefighters said John Peery Jr. was injured after being struck in the face by an illegal firework. The incident happened at about 10 p.m.

Deputy state fire marshals said that Peery was preparing to shoot off some illegal fireworks in his back yard when one of the fireworks failed to go off.

While looking down into the firing tube, the firework discharged, striking Peery in the face.

He was treated by firefighters and flown to Shock Trauma for treatment.

The fire marshals were then called to a home in the 700 block of St. Peters Court in the Edgewood area for another injury-involved case.

Firefighters said Daniel Robert Sherman, 23, of Burtonsville had been setting off illegal fireworks when one fell over.

The firework struck him in the leg and face. Sherman was also taken to Shock Trauma for treatment.

Fire marshals said they confiscated more than 50 pounds of illegal fireworks during the night and charges are pending in two cases.