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Firework fails to explode, slightly injures serviceman

Date Posted: 2003-07-24

A firework launched during the “Tedako Festival” held in Urasoe City over the weekend failed to explode and fell back to earth, striking a 23-year-old U.S. serviceman. The serviceman was slightly injured in his arm. The two-day festival was held at the Urasoe Sports Park. Urasoe Police say the serviceman was watching the fireworks from the spectators' stand of the track and field stadium when the incident occurred. He was sitting on the stand about 100 meters away from the launching point of the fireworks. The serviceman was taken to a hospital, but he suffered only some bruises on his arm. Urasoe Police are investigating the incident.

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