Baby Suffers Burns, Fractures In Iowa Fireworks Explosion

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A four-week-old baby and her mother suffered burns and serious injuries when fireworks exploded on them during an illegal Iowa show.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office says 36-year-old Margaret Limkemann and her baby were injured when fireworks launched sideways instead of upward at a party Saturday in Swisher.

The projectile struck Margaret and exploded, catching fire. The mother attempted to remove the baby from her lap, tossing her onto a blanket. Both were transported to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

A GoFundMe campaign raising money for the family says the baby suffered a broken femur, fractures and burns. It says Limkemann suffered severe trauma to her legs and needs multiple surgeries.

Property owner Richard Fowler was cited for failure to have a firework permit in violation of county ordinance.

Iowa recently lifted a decades-long ban on fireworks sales.

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