NFL Star Who Blew Fingers Off Last 4th With Fireworks Now Spokesman For Safety

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New York Giants Defensive End Jason Pierre-Paul, who had a fireworks accident last 4th of July, has teamed up with The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) to issue a warning about the dangers of fireworks.

Pierre-Paul is a Pro Bowl defensive end for the New York Giants who last 4th of July had his own fireworks accident. Pierre-Paul was trying to light some fireworks off and ended up blowing off most of his right index finger and half of his thumb and middle finger.

In the video Pierre-Paul recounts his story to Elliot Kaye, USCPSC chairman, and says that he is “truly, truly blessed to be alive. Now when I look at fireworks, I think about safety.”

The New York Giants had placed a franchise tag on the star defensive end just four months prior to his accident, which would have paid just under $15 million and had also offered him a long-term contract worth $60 million. Even though reports were Pierre-Paul wasn’t going to sign the deal, maybe he should have, as just two days after his fireworks incident the New York Giants rescinded their $60 million offer. Pierre-Paul ultimately signed a one year contract for $8.5 million.

There were also several tweets reporting to show a U-Haul van Pierre-Paul rented and packed full of fireworks.

In their 2014 analysis, the USCPSC states “Fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,500 injuries.” The report also highlights the fact that 7,000 of those 10,500 injuries — 67 percent — were sustained between June 20 and July 20.

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