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Crow Wing Co. man injures face while lighting fireworks

The 4th of July accident happened about nine miles from Brainerd.

Every year around the 4th of July, an average of 180 people a day are injured by fireworks. This year, one of those people is a 49-year-old man from the Brainerd area. 

The accident, which involved "projectile fireworks," happened around 10:00 p.m. at a private residence in Merrifield, Crow Wing County.

According to a news release from the local sheriff, the unnamed man was struck in the face while trying to light "four boxes of aerial firework mortars."

He was taken to the emergency room via ambulance and treated for a facial injury.

The news release says deputies confiscated illegal fireworks from the scene, and that the incident is now under investigation.

There's no word on the extent of the man's injuries, or his current condition. 

Around 9,100 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau data

The bureau says most of those incidents happened between June 22 and July 22, and that the majority of those wounded were male. 

In Minnesota, only "non-explosive and non-aerial consumer fireworks" — such as sparklers and black snakes — are legal; anything that launches into the air is prohibited by state law, according to the Department of Public Safety. 

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