An Akron man is now dealing with the long term effects of a serious fireworks accident.
Kevin Skubic, 34, was doing what he did before every July 4th celebration, buying fireworks from an acquaintance, Wayne Jones, 66. Someone Skubic had bought fireworks from in the past.
News Channel 5 reports that after the transaction, Skubic took his bag of 50 quarter sticks and walked back to his truck where he glanced down and noticed it was on fire.
Just seconds later, the fireworks exploded.
"After the bang went off it was just super loud. This eye was sealed shut I couldn't open it and see. I could see out of my left eye and see that my arm was hanging off" says Skubic.
The father of two suffered a number of injuries including shrapnel and flash burns and damage to his retina that will effect his vision. The explosion also tore off half his left arm, and burned and broke much of his right.
Skubic is at Akron General Medical Center recovering from his accident.
Wayne Jones, the man Skubic bought the fireworks from is looking at criminal charges including manufacturing explosives, unlawful possession of dangerous ordinance, illegal assembly of chemicals/explosives and possession of criminal tools.
Jones is currently out of jail on $5,000 dollar bond and tells News Channel 5, "I think they're blaming me for what happened to him, but he's a grown man. I didn't have anything to do with it."
Skubic says Jones is trying to make up a cover story for the illegal fireworks.
"I take responsibility for what I bought and I'm living a different life from now on" concludes Skubic.
Jones is scheduled to appear in Akron Municipal Court on Friday.
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