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  I was blinded in one eye by a firework
Updated 15 October 2002, 16.24
Fireworks
Tom, 13, from Worcester was blinded in one eye last year when a firework went off in his face. He thinks banning them is a good idea.

"I reckon that they should take fireworks off the public but still keep them in big events and have them for displays like New Year and Fireworks night.

I don't think they should sell them in shops because quite a lot of children can get hold of them and get harmed like I did.

Take the mickey

People treat me a bit differently now.

Some people are a bit kinder and want to know what happened, but some people take the mickey.

I don't exactly care to be honest.

TV warnings

Every year there are TV warnings telling you not to play with fireworks but I don't think anyone takes much notice of them.

If I could go back in time I would have stood way back before the firework was lit."

Tom, 13, Worcester


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