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NFL Star Who Blew Off Part Of His Hand Last July 4th Warns Against Dangers of Fireworks


A year after New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul lost part of his hand to a firework, he's reminding others about how dangerous they can be.

Last July 4, the NFL star lit a firework, thinking he had enough time to throw it before it exploded.

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"I held on to the firework too long," he said.

The blast claimed his right index finger and left his hand severely damaged. He showed his scars in a new PSA on behalf of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

"On my way to the hospital, all I could think about was my son, and if I was going to make it," he says in the video.

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People should leave explosives to the pros, he warned, and "keep fireworks away from kids."

Despite the damage to his hand, the 27-year-old continues to play for the Giants.

"I am just truly blessed to be alive," he said.

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