Boy, 12, reveals scars from horror burns he suffered when firework struck him and set his t-shirt on fire

Boy, 12, reveals scars from horror burns he suffered when firework struck him and set his t-shirt on fire

- in Uk News

A BOY has revealed his scars after he was struck by a firework which set his t-shirt on fire.

Ben McCabe was at a fire display near his home in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, when a stray firework flew inside his jacket.

Four-year-old Ben McCabe was hit by a stray firework in a street display in North Lanarkshire, Scotland
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The third degree burns Ben sustained at the age of four, during a fireworks display
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Ben, who was four at the time, sustained third degree burns to his chest, neck, right arm and behind his left ear.

And he still receives treatment, now at the age of 12.

The youngster had to undergo a number of

His recovery was helped tremendously with support from the Scottish Burned Children’s Club, which aims to help youngster come to terms with the trauma they endured,

Mum Amy told the Daily Record: “Obviously I am very strongly in the direction of a complete ban on the sale of fireworks to the general public.

“Too many people enjoy it and I can’t stop people enjoying what they like.

“But I don’t think it’s right that the general public should get access to fireworks.”

Scotland’s community safety minister Ash Denham said: “Over the last few years we’ve seen a lot of anti-social behaviour around bonfire night.

“We’ve seen instances where police officers have been injured and members of the public have felt quite unsafe because people have been using fireworks in the street, launching them at people.

“I’d like to work with the UK Government on restrictions to the sale of fireworks.”

Ben with his mum Amy, a year after he was injured
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Ben, now 12, with his mum Amy, highlighting the dangers of fireworks before fireworks night last year
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