Published On: Thu, Jul 7th, 2016

Nebraska: Justin Noah’s hand blown off during firework accident, found ’90 feet away’

The Nebraska man who lost his hand during a fireworks accident on Sunday has been identified as Justin Noah. Noah’s left palm was blown off and found 90 feet away.

“The only things I could see were his fingertips and they were just hanging there,” said Joe Noah, Justin’s brother, describing the tragic accident to KETV.

“My dad asked if it knocked him over. He pretty much fell to a knee. It didn’t knock him over, thank God. I’m just happy he had his face out of the way because it could have killed him. We’re just lucky to have God on our side,” Joe Noah said.

Image/Challiyan at ml.wikipedia

Image/Challiyan at ml.wikipedia

Joe described his initial reaction to WOWT: “I froze. I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t breathe. I just froze.” But he did call 911. “I got on the phone with them, they said they had already received two calls.”

Joe told the 911 dispatcher that one of Justin’s hands was “gone.” Joe said Justin’s left eye is bloody and swollen, and his entire left palm was blown off.


Investigators said they found his hand 90-feet away.

“If it’s over a certain number of grains of gunpowder, that makes it illegal,” said Christopher Degn, of the Valley Police Department, investigating if the firework was illegal. “And you can’t construct your own fireworks. It can be considered an explosive, really.”

“My brother’s done this for years and it just malfunctioned. I mean the one time. I mean I don’t remember him ever messing up. And it just went off too soon.”

Joe didn’t tell the news outlet what kind of firework was ignited in the accident.

Donations to help the family, Justin, at the GoFundMe page set up  – Click here for campaign updates or to make a contribution.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.


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