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2 women seriously injured in fireworks accident

Updated: July 5, 2013 12:49PM

One woman’s left foot was severed and another woman was seriously burned during a fireworks mishap in a Southwest Side park late Thursday. They were among nine people taken to hospitals for fireworks-related injuries by Chicago Fire Department paramedics Wednesday and Thursday.

The two women were watching an illegal fireworks display at West Lawn Park, 6300 S. Keeler, about 11 p.m. They told police that a bright light flew toward them and exploded, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

The explosion severed the left foot of one of the women, who is 32, police said. Her right foot was also severely injured in the blast, and she suffered second-degree burns to an arm.

The second woman, a 36-year-old, was treated for a fractured leg and second- and third-degree burns to the lower extremities, Langford said.

Both women were listed in serious condition Friday morning at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

The fire department took nine people to hospital from fireworks-related injuries, but Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said. noted that there could have been others hurt by fireworks who went to hospitals on their own.

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