Eighteen people were taken to Harborview with fireworks-related injuries in a three-hour span overnight.
As Monday’s Fourth of July celebrations bled into Tuesday morning, more than a dozen people were taken to Harborview Medical Center with fireworks-related injuries, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said.
Between midnight and 3 a.m., Harborview personnel treated 18 people for hand injuries resulting from accidents involving fireworks, Gregg said. Some of those patients were still in surgery later on Tuesday morning, she added.
Among those injured in Independence Day celebrations were two males who suffered hand trauma in back-to-back fireworks accidents in Auburn near the Muckleshoot casino, according to a tweet from the Valley Regional Fire Department.
The extent of fireworks-related injuries in the region is not yet clear. At Harborview alone, 30 people have been treated for firework-related injuries so far in 2016 — most for simple burns, although some had hands or fingers amputated.
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Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett has treated 17 fireworks injuries in its emergency department so far. Last year, that number was 24.
The National Fire Protection Association said hospital emergency rooms across the nation treated an estimated 10,500 people for fireworks injuries in 2014.
Before the Fourth of July holiday, local officials urged caution, with some asking the public to attend large fireworks displays rather than setting off their own, for fear of injuries and the potential for wildfires.
Washington state law generally allows fireworks to be sold and fired from June 28 through July 5. The law also allows local jurisdictions to adopt their own tougher restrictions. Fireworks are banned in Seattle, Tukwila and Bellevue, among other cities.
In Graham, Pierce County, fireworks set off by a teenage neighbor were blamed for igniting a fire that destroyed a home on Saturday night.