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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Firefighters Assist Dog Out of Bad Situation

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

Prince George's County Firefighters were once again called to rescue a family pet in a bad situation.  A dog walking service called 911 seeking assistance with a dog that had crawled underneath a deck and became wedged in.  at around 9:00 am today Firefighters from the Beltsville Fire/EMS Station arrived at a home in the 11600 block of Sequoia Lane and after evaluating the situation and taking all safety measures into account removed one of the floor planks of the deck where the dog was wedged.  The dog walker was than able to coax her out through the new opening.

It is unknown how long the dog had been trapped under the deck.

District Heights Teen Injured in Backyard Fireworks Incident

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
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Prince George’s County Fire Officials are investigating a backyard fireworks incident where a teen sustained “severe hand injuries.”  Just after 10:30 pm, July 4, 2017, Firefighter/Medics responded to the 1800 block of Addison Road South in District Heights for a 911 report of an injured teenaged male.  It appears that the youth sustained hand injuries while handling fireworks when the product exploded.  He was treated and transported to an appropriate Trauma Center for his injuries. 

Officials from the Office of the Fire Marshal are investigating the incident.   Fire Investigations Commander, Assistant Fire Chief Christopher H. Hunt, stated, “There are no charges at this time.  The incident is still under investigation.”

"Our primary concern is for the health of this young man and his hand injuries," said Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale.  "However, we can not look the other way when a law designed to prevent this type of life-changing injury is violated."

All consumer purchased/backyard style fireworks are illegal in Prince George’s County.  Despite many surrounding jurisdictions selling legal fireworks for their respective areas, Prince George’s County has outlawed these products for this exact reason.  Penalties for violations of the fireworks law include up to $1,000 fine and/or 6 months in jail.

This injury is the 3rd injury over the past 9 years in Prince George’s County.  An adult Capitol Heights female sustained traumatic injuries to her hand while handling consumer purchased fireworks in 2015.