Morgantown fireworks explosion leaves one critically injured

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Morgantown police are investigating a fireworks explosion that left one person critically injured.

Police were called to Ruby Memorial Hospital Saturday where the victim had been taken by a witness.

A press release indicated the victim, whose has not yet been named, “ignited a fireworks charge in a mortar tube and held it over his head to launch the projectile.”

The charge exploded after the victim pulled the tube down near his chest mistakenly believing it had already discharged.

Police recovered remnants of the explosion at the scene of the explosion near Third St. and McLain Ave. and continue to interview witnesses.

According to police, “Although recent changes to fireworks regulation have gone into effect, the use of fireworks within the city limits of Morgantown remain illegal.”