The Hospital Nacional de Niños reports that it is attending the first young fireworks victim of the year.
The youngster, a 5 year old girl from Guachipelín de Escazú, was hit in the back with some form of explosive and suffered burns. The child is being treated in the hospital’s burn unit.
Attending physicians have remanded the paperwork in the case to the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública, which has an explosives unit. Hospital and police officials have been working to reduce the number of burned and injured youngsters. Fireworks are a tradition at Christmas and at New Year’s but the basic rule in Costa Rica is that if it explodes, it is illegal.