JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Jackson County man is coping with serious injuries after a firework exploded during a Fourth of July celebration.
Jason Furby was injured while lighting a firework from his home in the Big Point community. The accident caused him to lose three fingers and have three more partially amputated.
Furby's mother-in-law Charlene Shields said it was a firework called a Fastball and that it somehow malfunctioned, exploding outward immediately after it was lit right into Furby's hands.
"His right hand looked like it had been into a meat grinder and it looked like somebody had took an ice cream scoop or something and just scooped the whole palm of his hand out," said Shields.
Family members had to search for parts of his hand that went flying in the blast.
"We had some Ziploc bags so we could put it in if we did find any," said Shields. "We found a piece of a thumb and a piece of another finger. We put it in a Ziploc bag and packed it with ice and then stopped down at the Chevron and put those baggies inside (a cooler)."
Family members said Furby completely lost three fingers and half of three of his other fingers.
"All you could hear was screaming cause it echoes across the field over there and all you could hear was him screaming," said Shields. "They had him on a stretcher and poor fella he kept saying, 'My life's over.'"
Shields said Furby is a good man and works construction. He is also an avid hunter. Losing his fingers will change his life forever.
"He'll probably wind up on disability," she said. "I don't see him ever getting to work again. I don't because all the work he done was with hands."
Shields has a warning for anyone considering using these fireworks in the future.
"These are dangerous cause, like I said, it was supposed to go up in the air, spin out. It didn't go up at all. It busted out," she said. "I don't recommend these types of fireworks at all."
Furby's doctors at USA Medical Center in Mobile say he has a long road to recovery. So far, he has had two surgeries, with another one planned for Saturday morning.
He does not have health insurance, so the family is raising money to help with expenses. A bass tournament benefit will be held Saturday at Little River Marina in Moss Point. For more information, call 228-219-3689.