Around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, a toddler and his sisters were woken by the disturbance of fireworks in the Highbridge section of the Bronx when a firework burst through their sixth-floor window, burning the boy.
What We Know:
- Three-year-old Adiel and his sisters were woken by the sound of fireworks around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. They went to their sixth-floor window on Anderson Avenue and saw fireworks going off.
- One of his sisters captured on video the illegal light show on the street and the moment when the missile burst through the open window, hitting the boy who started screaming in pain.
- “The fireworks were, like, spreading around, one of them came in,” the boy’s sister said. “It, like, almost destroyed everything in our room. There was also fire at my favorite teddy bear.”
- The boy’s father woke up after hearing what he thought were gunshots and the child screaming. He brought his son to his car to take him to the hospital only to find the car was blocked by a box of fireworks that were being fired towards the car. The father finally got his son to the hospital where the boy received stitches.
- “Heard a baby crying, fireworks came through the window,” the father said. “He got burned all over his arm, and they had to give him at least five stitches. And that was it. I took him to the hospital, myself.”
- The young boy is going to be okay and the parents are hoping that the incident hasn’t affected their children to where they can’t sleep.
- There have been a lot of complaints regarding the illegal use of fireworks. Late Monday night, New Yorkers drove past Graci Mansion, where New York Mayor Bill De Blasio resides, and honked their horns, protesting the nightly disturbances that are occurring across the country.
- New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch joined the protesters and is seen in a video posted to social media saying, “So if we can’t sleep, Mr. Mayor, you won’t sleep.”
On Tuesday, De Blasio promised to take action on the illegal fireworks situation by forming a new task force consisting of police officers and fire officials.