The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Breaking News

Local News

June 29, 2014

Have a blast!

But be safe about it this 4th of July

MERCER COUNTY AREA — A Fourth of July celebration turned into years of recovery for one local man. Vince Fustos, 50, is still healing from his accident five years ago.

“It was pretty catastrophic,” the Hermitage man said.

Fustos lost his left hand, burned his right-hand fingertips, blew out his eardrums and is still healing from all the burns after he had an accident with fireworks in his basement.

“Do not cut the fireworks open. I think that’s probably the biggest thing,” he said.

Fustos now leaves the fireworks to the professionals, but there are ways for people to enjoy them safely at home.

William Weimer, vice president of Youngstown-based Phantom Fireworks, said safety is crucial for those who may be planning to light up their Independence Day celebrations this week.

“For marketing purposes, you get hurt, I’ll never see you again,” he said. “You have fun, you’ll come back and buy twice as much.”

One of the biggest causes of injuries can involve the youngest users.

“I do not consider sparkler injuries firework injuries, I consider those student parent/guardian injuries,” Weimer said.

Sparklers cause 85 percent of hand and face fireworks injuries, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission stated in a study.

“You wouldn’t let your child play with matches, why on God’s earth would you let them play with thousand-plus degree sparklers?” Weimer asked.

Weimer said Phatom recommends that customers light fireworks in a bucket of sand or kitty litter, or stick them in the ground.

Another big risk is mixing alcohol with fireworks.

“That’s a bad combination,” Fustos said.

Weimer suggested there be a designated shooter, just like a designated driver.

Also, enjoy. Weimer said there are so many options to choose from, and “lots of fun, lots of action.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Budget falling short despite tax hike

    Farrell residents may have seen an income tax increase this year, but the city isn’t seeing the extra dollars City Manager Michael Ceci budgeted for.

    July 30, 2014

  • oakwood graves 1 Resting together

    Visitors to Oakwood Cemetery would see many  familiar local names if they looked down the hillside to the left just inside the gate on Sharon’s North Oakland Avenue.

    July 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • Police: Kids in car were OK

    The mother of two young children was drunk and passed out when police found them all in a car parked along a city street, Sharon police said.

    July 29, 2014

  • To talk – or not – about police

    The mysterious agenda item, “No. 10,” at Farrell’s council meeting Monday became the center of a heated workshop and business session.

    July 29, 2014

  • Community thanks its first-responders

    Sharpsville honored its emergency responders Sunday at an event that included Mertz Towers residents as special guests.

    July 28, 2014

  • Drilling boom challenges state inspectors

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the last century.

    July 28, 2014

  • Kidds Mill Covered Bridge A span of time

    Four generations of the Cadman family have enjoyed the Kidds Mill Covered Bridge, which is in Pymatuning Township near where the family’s ancestral farm is located.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • Intruder hurts woman, takes $5

    A home invasion in Hermitage Friday night sent an elderly woman to the hospital and netted the robber $5.

    July 27, 2014

  • national night out March against crime set for Aug. 5

    At the last Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Commission meeting, Chief Riley Smoot Jr. presented the number of incidents for each of the four communities in May.

    Farrell topped out at 819.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • high street trail Peaceful pathways

    History buffs and picnickers in the Shenango Valley won’t have to drive to Sharpsville to hang out at the old Erie Canal extension lock. They’ll soon have the option to walk or roll in on bicycles and even powered chairs to visit Canal Park near the outflow of Shenango Dam.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • balloonquest1 Balloon Quest celebrates 25 years

    Today is the final day of the 25th annual Western Pennsylvania Balloon Quest at Scotland Meadows Park.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • News briefs from July 26, 2014

    Man faces bomb threat charges

    June building tops $4 million in Hermitage

    July 26, 2014

  • Elderly man survives plane crash

    An elderly man survived wrecking his plane into a bank, then landing into a wetland, about 200 feet south of Runway 28 at Grove City Regional Airport in Springfield Township on Friday.

    July 26, 2014

  • Dontae Rashad Pinkins Man arrested for April gunfight

    Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April gunfight with another man in a Sharon alley.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearing changed in starving case

    The time and place for the preliminary hearing of a Greenville mom accused of starving and beating her 7-year-old young son has been changed.

    July 26, 2014