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Boy Loses Four Fingers in Fireworks Accident

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ST. LOUIS (AP) A 10-year-old St. Louis boy has lost four fingers in a fireworks accident.

Martinez Smith-Payne is having a second surgery Monday. Police say he was hurt Friday night when he lit a firework while holding it in his left hand.

The boy’s mother, Frances Smith, says her son was with his brother in a field near the family’s house when they found the firework.

The boy is hospitalized in good condition at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Smith says her son is “in good spirits.” Although he lost four fingers, he still has use of his thumb.

Police say the bomb and arson unit is investigating.

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