Kauai man dead following fireworks incident; slew of injuries reported statewide

Kauai man dead following fireworks incident; slew of injuries reported statewide
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 34-year-old Kauai resident died following a fireworks explosion on New Year’s Eve, according to a Kauai Police Department spokesperson.

Authorities say Kapaa resident Dexter Ibaan was attempting to light a firework at approximately 8:30 p.m. ‘when it apparently malfunctioned and exploded while he was holding it.’

The nature of Ibaan’s injuries were not disclosed. First responders were who dispatched to the scene say a bystander was administering CPR to Ibaan upon arrival.

Firefighters and paramedics took over lifesaving efforts while Ibaan was being transported to Wilcox Medical Center, but the man could not be revived and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Kauai Police Department spokesperson said volunteers with Life’s Bridges was assisting the man’s family with grief counseling.

New Year’s Eve proved dangerous across other parts of the state, too.

First responders on Oahu say at least six people were administered medical treatment following fireworks-related incidents, including three children who suffered serious injuries.

One of them, an 11-year-old Windward Oahu boy, was taken to a trauma center after suffering an eye injury from an apparent fireworks explosion.

And on Maui, at least two people suffered serious fireworks-related injuries ― including a 25-year-old man who sustained serious injuries to his groin.

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