Northwest NEWS

July 6, 1998

Local News

Woodinville boy loses left hand in fireworks mishap

   WOODINVILLE--A 17-year-old Woodinville boy lost five fingers after a tennis ball-type explosive detonated in his left hand in the early hours of July 4. According to police, the boy was driving near N.E. 202nd St. and 153rd Ave. N.E. when he lit the illegal bomb and slung his hand out the window to throw it. But the fuse was shorter than expected and the device exploded, severing his fingers and damaging the car. He was airlifted to Harborview Hospital that night, and according to a spokesman there was in satisfactory condition Monday morning. Police say the boy, and a friend, could be charged with possession of explosives. It is unclear where the bomb came from.