ISLIP TERRACE, N.Y. (AP)—Police say a man lighting fireworks has blown off his arm at a party on New York's Long Island.
Suffolk County police say 36-year-old Eric Smith was using a 3-foot long metal tube to shoot mortars from the street near his Islip (EYE'-slip) Terrace home around 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
Smith was taken to Southside Hospital in serious condition while friends packed the lost limb in ice to try to save it. Police believe doctors will try to reattach his arm.
A hospital spokesman didn't immediately return a call.
Also Saturday, Suffolk officers arrested a man accused of stashing more than $250 worth of fireworks in his living room and his girlfriend's car in Lindenhurst.