PORTLAND – Police arrested a man in Northeast Portland after he allegedly injured four people with an illegal firework Thursday night.
Just before 10 p.m. near Northeast 65th Avenue and Northeast Broadway, 32-year-old Zachary Mosbrucker was lighting off illegal fireworks when an exploding rocket blew up over the heads of four people, said Sgt. Pete Simpson with Portland police.
A 38-year-old man was hit in the face and a 16-year-old boy was hit multiple times in the back. They were both were taken to the hospital for treatment and later released.
Graphic Image: 16-year-old's firework injury
Two other women were treated at the scene by paramedics. One of the women described the scene to KGW Friday.
"It exploded on him.... I mean actually exploded on his back. He leaned over his girlfriend because it was actually going toward her, and she got a big brunt of it too. But he took the most of, so he's kind of a hero," Gina Thronlow said.
Mosbrucker was arrested and charged with four counts of reckless endangerment. Police said he was not associated with any of the victims.