Mich. Deputy Unhurt when Firework Ricocheted Off Chest, Explodes

July 5, 2024
When Ingham County sheriff's deputies were approaching a backyard gathering in Delhi Township, a vehicle sped away as its occupants "intentionally launched" a firework at them.

INGHAM COUNTY, MI—An Ingham County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was not injured early July 3 after being struck by a firework.

Shortly after midnight, deputies responded to a report of young people shooting off fireworks in a backyard on the 5000 block of Hemlock Drive in Delhi Township, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post. When police arrived, they saw what appeared to be a party.

As deputies approached the gathering, a vehicle quickly drove away as its occupants “intentionally launched a projectile firework at the deputies,” police said.

The firework hit a deputy, ricocheted off his chest, and exploded “seconds later,” according to the sheriff’s office.

The people inside the vehicle drove away from the party, but police were able to idenitify some who were involved.

Michigan allows fireworks to be used on private property from June 29 through July 5 before 11:45 p.m. The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office warned that with all the “fun and excitement” of the July 4 holiday, “things can get out of hand quickly” with fireworks.

“We share this unfortunate and reckless event as a reminder to the community of the responsibility and dangers associated with fireworks of all kinds. Anything that burns, sparks and explodes comes with risk,” the sheriff’s office said in its post.

The incident remains under investigation.

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