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Toppenish, Washington – Man Dies of Injury After Getting Struck by Fireworks

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Posted on July 10, 2019

Toppenish, Washington  (July 4, 2019) – A Toppenish man died from his injuries after getting struck by projectile fireworks in the chest. The victim, identified as William Winnier, was taken to Astria Toppenish Hospital, but died from thoracic injuries around 7 p.m. No other injuries have been reported in the incident.

According to information from the Yakima County Coroner, the victim was fatally injured when a mortar exploded on him in a freak accident. According to fire crews this was the first occurrence of firework fatality that they could recall happening in the Lower Valley. The Yakima Nation Tribal Police are investigating the accident.

About Burn Injuries

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. While this particular injury was caused by the impact of explosion, one of the dangers of using fireworks is the possibility of burn injuries. According to information from the World Health Organization, burn injuries are caused when cells in the skin or other tissues are destroyed, usually through heat, or by contact with radiation, radioactivity, electricity, friction or chemicals. Regardless of the cause, burn injuries are painful, and in severe cases can lead to other complications or even death. Children and women are said to be more susceptible to burns, especially in cases of house fires. In spite of these grim statistics, it is important to keep in mind that burns are also preventable.

The first and most important step in preventing burns is to assess the area for dangers and try to lower the hazard. For example, most burns happen in kitchens due to the number of hazards in the area, such as fires from cooking stoves or the presence of hot liquids while cooking. By ensuring that cooking equipment is in good quality and using caution around hot liquids, one can prevent burns from happening. When it comes to children, guardians should take care to supervise their actions, especially if they are playing with dangerous items such as fireworks. While preventing burn injuries simply comes down to being cautious, one should also know what to do in case of burn injuries. First aid for burn injuries consists of pouring cool water over the burn (provided it’s not an open wound) and wrapping the injury in a clean cloth before transporting the victim to a medical facility for treatment. Having the knowledge to deal with burns can help ensure not only one’s safety but also the safety of others.


Note: As the location of the incident has not been provided, the location of the hospital is used instead.