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Indiana boy, 11, dies after fireworks incident, state officials say

An 11-year-old boy in Indiana died Sunday evening after he was injured by fireworks, authorities said.

Dispatchers in Posey County got a call just before 10 p.m. Sunday that the boy, Camrynn Ray McMichael, had been seriously injured during a “fireworks incident” in the city of Mount Vernon, Indiana State Police said in a statement Monday morning. He died en route to the hospital.

Details weren’t available Monday.

Camrynn had just finished the fifth grade, and he was a dedicated member of both his school’s football and basketball teams, his mother, Kyrra Lynn, told NBC affiliate WFIE of Evansville.

“He died being a boy and playing with fireworks,” Lynn told WXIN-TV of Indianapolis. “A tragic freak accident, seriously. Fireworks are no joke, and when you think it won’t be yours, in the blink of an eye it is.”

Mount Vernon police are investigating, and the Posey County coroner has scheduled an autopsy for Tuesday.

The incident wasn’t the only tragedy involving fireworks.

A man’s hand was blown off in a South Florida fireworks accident, forcing first responders to rush the severed hand to the hospital, authorities said Sunday.

The victim wasn’t immediately identified, and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office couldn’t be immediately reached for comment Monday to check on his condition.

Graham Lee Brewer

Graham Lee Brewer is a national reporter for NBC News. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation, based in Norman, Oklahoma.

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