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Report: Delray fireworks burned onlookers

DELRAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Some onlookers at Delray Beach's 4th of July celebration say the fireworks display came too close for comfort.

They say the barge at Monday's event was too close to the shore. Several claimed they were hit by what they call charcoal and burned.

Officials at Delray Beach Fire Rescue said Tuesday morning they did not receive any specific calls concerning burns or injuries. 

But a police officer on scene Monday night said paramedics were helping people wash off their faces and flushing out their eyes.

"A big chunk hit my boyfriend and another chunk got my eye, and I missed the last 10 minutes of it, because I had to put water in my eye and it had debris in it and wouldn't come out," said one woman who attended the fireworks dislpay.

One witness said he noticed ash falling down at nearby restaurants on Atlantic Avenue.

The city's Chamber of Commerce was not aware of any problem late Monday night.

And two Broward County men were hospitalized Monday as a result of separate July 4 fireworks mishaps.

A man in Coral Springs suffered serious injuries to his face after being struck by a firework Monday, according to the Coral Springs Fire Department.

A man in Pembroke Pines suffered serious flesh injuries to his right hand, the Pembroke Pines Fire Department reported.

The Coral Springs man, who has not been identified but is believed to be in his 20s, was flown to North Broward Medical Center, Capt. Mike Moser said. The incident happened about 9:15 p.m. at the 10100 block of Northwest Third Street.

In Pembroke Pines, a 27-year-old had injuries to his pinky finger and thumb after a firework he was attempted to light discharged in his hand. The incident happened about 9:15 p.m. at the 15900 block of SW 15th Street in the Winston Pines development.

The man was treated at Memorial Regional Hospital for percussion-related injuries consistent with a firework getting very close to the skin, officials said.

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