Man hurt by firecracker in mail slot in 'kid’s prank'

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

In an incident police are prepared to view as a “kid’s prank,” a 34-year-old Detroit man was injured early Thursday morning when a firecracker left near a mail slot blew up.

The incident took place about 4 a.m. on the 17500 block of Hartwell, which is north of West Outer Drive and east of Schaefer on Detroit’s west side.

The mail slot on the home’s front door was open, letting cold December air into the home. The man tried to cover the slot with his left hand when he heard a popping noise “like a firecracker,” then looked down and realized he’d been injured.

The man was privately transported to an area hospital, where he was in temporary serious condition at last report, said Kenyetta Hebron, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department. He told responding officers that his stepson and the boy’s friend, whose ages were unknown in the early hours after the incident, had been playing with firecrackers all day.

No arrests were made, Hebron said.