Man describes fireworks injury trauma

Cindy Preller

HE saw a huge fireball heading towards him, was knocked off his feet and just saw blood.

This is all Leslie Erasmus, 44, of Fairbridge Heights, Uitenhage, remembers after being hit on the head by malfunctioning fireworks at the Opening of the Season fireworks display at Hobie Beach last week. Since the chaos of what was meant to be a fun evening out with his wife, Juanita, and a relative’s children, Erasmus has not been able to hear properly.

“The doctor said both my eardrums burst. On the one side, the eardrum [was hanging on by] three little threads. I had an operation on Thursday and will see the specialist again when he opens in the new year. I have had terrible headaches and it feels as if I have sandpaper in my eyes,” Erasmus said.

One has to shout at him to communicate, which Juanita says both find very frustrating. The couple had to cancel their holiday plans and Erasmus is also unable to work for the time being.


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