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.
"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.
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.