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By: Darrell Castle

Fireworks are illegal within the Memphis city limits, but I still heard neighbors shooting them off the entire 4th of July holiday weekend. They’re fun and it’s a celebration — I get it. But often, fireworks are being ignited without any regard for personal safety.


Every year, we hear about the latest firework incident. Someone locally was seriously hurt. Or a house burned down. Both of these things unfortunatelly happened this year.

We fail to hear and see these stories and heed caution. We think we’re invincible and those horrible things won’t happen to us. But maybe we can learn our lesson from a star NFL Football player. After all, we — as a society — look up to these stars as role models.

Jason Pierre-Paul — the star defensive linemen for the New York Giants — lost his finger after a fireworks incident this past weekend.

I haven’t heard details on exactly how it happened. But it’s fair to assume Pierre-Paul wasn’t practicing proper firework safety when he injured his finger. It’s fair to assume that he went too far like many people do. But this time, it unfortunately cost him his finger.

It may have cost him more than just a finger too. Pierre-Paul has been in contract negotiations with the Giants. And this incident may end up costing him millions of dollars.

He claims he’ll be back sooner than many people think, and that’s good news for Pierre-Paul and Giants fans. But will he be able to get through and around the offensive line as effectively as he could before he lost a finger? Will he be able to make tackles as effectively without an index finger? It’s a question the Giants will have to consider. And if they don’t think he can, they may pay him accordingly.

If you’re reading this, let this serve as a lesson to the potential losses that disregarding firework safety can potentially cause. Pass this lesson on to your friends and family. And especially pass it on to your children. Let’s have fun celebrating our holidays, but do so safely.

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