8-year-old injured by fireworks in West Nyack

WEST NYACK, N.Y. — An 8-year-old boy was injured by fireworks during Fourth of July festivities in West Nyack Wednesday night, authorities said.

Police said it happened while the boy’s neighbor was shooting off fireworks. Multiple people were watching the pyrotechnics when one of the fireworks apparently exploded prematurely, hurting the young boy.

At about 9:25 p.m., Clarkstown Police responded to a report of a child injured by fireworks along Demarest Mill Road.

When they arrived, officers found a boy with an injury below his eye, police said.

The boy and his father, who was with the child at the time of the incident, were taken to the hospital, officials said.

The injuries did not appear to be life threatening, and no others were hurt during the incident, according to authorities.

A 47-year-old man from West Nycak is expected to face charges in the case, but police have not released additional details about those potential charges or the man’s identity.