July 7, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Detroit meteorologist Dave Rexroth injured in fireworks accident

Dave Rexroth )

A local meteorologist remains hospitalized after a fireworks accident over the Fourth of July weekend caused him to lose sight in an eye.

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth was seriously injured on July 4while on vacation with his family in Iowa, according to the station.

“This accident caused Dave to lose sight in his left eye,” a post on the WXYZ-TV Facebook page read. “He will undergo surgery Wednesday in Iowa City. That will begin the process of Dave receiving a prosthetic eye.

“If all goes according to plan, Dave expects to return to Channel 7 in September. In the meantime, of course, our thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his family.”

Iowa City police officers were dispatched for a medical run involving a person with possible burns from fireworks just after 10 p.m. July 4 at the end of a private driveway in the Jacobsen Apartments, in the 3600 block of Rohret Road, according to the police report obtained by The News. Douglas County Ambulance personnel also responded to the address and rushed Rexroth to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics’ emergency department.

No other information was available on the circumstances of the incident, Iowa City Sgt. Scott Gaarde said.

Rexroth, who has been forecasting at the station for more than a decade, was named chief meteorologist at WXYZ in August 2010. His weather updates were broadcast every day during the 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts, where he has said he likes “to find humor in most situations, but when there is nasty weather it’s my priority to make sure viewers are safe and informed."

Rexroth started his career in Des Moines, Iowa, and worked in Albany, New York, and Miami. He is a graduate of Luther College in Iowa. Rexroth,48, lives in Farmington Hills with his wife, Deborah, and their three sons.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his family and they have our full support during this difficult time,” Ed Fernandez, vice president and general manager of WXYZ, said in a statement on the broadcast station’s website. “As Dave recovers, we’ll provide updates on his progress — and we look forward to his return to Action News.”

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