At 5:21 pm Sunday, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District responded to a report of a 10-year-old who sustained major burns on Birch Street in the City of Brentwood.
A short-time later, units responding were made aware of a second person who was in need of an ambulance. AMR arrived on scene reporting one person had a major hand injury and would need the medical helicopter to be flown, while they requested the second helicopter continue for a subject with a head injury.
As of 5:32 pm, Engine 52 reported that one person was suffering from critical injuries and another from major injuries and requested both medical helicopters continue.
The medical helicopter was to land at Edna Hills Middle school.
Update (5:44 pm)
Engine 52 reported one patient was going to be self-transported by a parent and the second AMR unit and helicopter were cancelled. The 10-year-old sustained major trauma and was suffering from burns to both hands, chest and facial.
Update (5:53 pm)
The child has been airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Oakland.
UPDATE (7:00 pm)
The ECCFPD has confirmed that two youths were severely injured due to playing with fireworks on Birch Street. One patient had critical injuries while the other had moderate injuries. ConAir2 medical helicopter transported one to Children’s hospital while the other was taken by family to the hospital.
Monday Update via Brentwood Police
On March 6, 2022 at 5:20 P.M. officers were dispatched to the area of Birch St. @ Third St. for a report of an explosion. Upon arriving, officers located a group of juveniles who had set off an illegal aerial firework.
Two of the juveniles, a 12 year old female from Brentwood and a 12 year old male from Oakley, sustained serious injuries as a result of the explosion. The female was transported to a local hospital with injuries to her face and hands. The male was airlifted to a different hospital with major injuries to his hands and burns over a large portion of his body.
Neither juvenile sustained life threatening injuries.
Our investigation lead to a residence in Oakley where additional fireworks were confiscated. Officers will be working with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office and Contra Costa County Fire Investigators in determining what, if any charges will be filed in this case. This case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information or who may have witnessed the incident is encouraged to call Detective Ruth Talley at 925-809-7793.
According to Lieutenant Mark Louwerens, police located a few additional additional fireworks, but did not provide the exact amount. He also said no citations or arrests as of Monday morning, but they will be working with the DA’s office in filing charges once they complete the investigation. The fireworks were located at a residence on Malicoat Ave.