9-year old loses hand, fingers in illegal fireworks explosion

- A 9-year-old girl lost one hand and fingers of the other Sunday in an explosion of likely illegal fireworks in Compton, authorities said.

The explosion was reported at 12:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of West Alondra Boulevard, said Sgt. Daniel Tobin of the sheriff's Arson Explosives Detail.

"The explosion, which was likely caused by the use of illegal fireworks or explosives, resulted in the amputation of the girl's left hand,'' Tobin said. "She also lost fingers on her right hand and received blast injuries to her face.''

The injured girl was taken to a hospital where her vital signs were stable, he said.

"The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department would like to remind the public that all fireworks are a hazard and can cause injury,'' Tobin said.

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