HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A family is suffering after local teens extended their Fourth of July celebration beyond innocent entertainment.
They went from tossing firecrackers on the ground to firing them at small children. Now, a two-year-old boy is recovering from burns, and police are on the hunt for the person responsible.
“This is the stroller he was in, and as you can see, it sits low to the ground,” Daniel Nichols said.
Nichols and his family were walking up 20th Street Saturday afternoon with his son, Chase, in the stroller. They were headed to a local playground and waiting to cross the street when danger drove by.
“The car comes from 9th Avenue, going this way in the No. 1 lane, and the guy in the back passenger's seat threw the firecrackers over the car," Nichols said. "They landed directly under his feet while he was in the stroller. When the firecrackers went off, he got the brunt of everything."
That resulted in severe burns on the bottom of Chase's feet.
“Initially, it was pretty bad and it was heartbreaking," Nichols said. "He kept screaming, 'My feet! My feet!' I guess where the ointment was, they've kind of healed up. The blister was all around here. You can see where it's dried up."
While the physical wounds have healed, the emotional ones for this family are far from over.
“It absolutely broke my heart and I was enraged. I wanted vengeance,” Nichols said. “It takes a pretty childish act to throw firecrackers at an entire family."
Nichols had a good look at the car where the firecrackers came from, and he describes it as a maroon four-door, newer model car in good condition.
If you have any information that might lead to an arrest, you're asked to call the Huntington Police Department Detective's Bureau at (304) 696-4420.