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Indiana boy, 11, dies in fireworks accident on Sunday

‘I held my son’s broken skull in my hands’: Heartbroken Indiana mom reveals her son, 11, died while playing with fireworks over Fourth of July

  • Camrynn Ray McMichael, 11, died after an Indiana Fourth of July weekend celebration turned south on Sunday
  • The boy died on the way to a local hospital after officers received a call about a ‘seriously injured’ child around 9.40 p.m. 
  • His mother Kyrra Lynn McMichael shared her grief on Facebook saying she is ‘not okay’
  • ‘I’ll never see my son again over a f****** firework. Don’t ever think it can’t happen to yours.’ 

A Sunday firework incident left an 11-year-old Indiana boy dead, and his mother pleading for people to steer clear of the dangerous spectacles. 

Camrynn Ray McMichael was playing with fireworks outside a home in Mt. Vernon when the incident occurred around 9.40 p.m., according to police. 

Officers and paramedics arrived at the scene after receiving a call about a ‘seriously injured’ child from a firework accident. McMichael died while being transported to a local hospital. 

‘I’ll never see my son again,’ McMichael’s mom, Kyrra Lynn wrote on Facebook. ‘Don’t ever think it can’t happen to yours.’ 

Camrynn Ray McMichael, 11, was playing outside a residence in Indiana when he was involved in a deadly firework incident 

Kyrra Lynn, McMichael's mom, shared her experience on social media, warning: 'Don't ever think it can't happen to yours'

Kyrra Lynn, McMichael’s mom, shared her experience on social media, warning: ‘Don’t ever think it can’t happen to yours’ 

Police responded to a home in Mt. Vernon after they received a call about a 'seriously injured' child around 9.40 p.m.

Police responded to a home in Mt. Vernon after they received a call about a ‘seriously injured’ child around 9.40 p.m. 

Lynn changed her Facebook profile picture to her son on Monday with the caption, ‘My beautiful baby!’ 

She shared on social media that she has received an outpouring of support after the incident, with many people bringing her food and offering kind ‘words, thoughts, & prayers.’ 

‘I want y’all to understand I don’t know what to say or what I need,’ she wrote. ‘We all loved cam. I also want y’all to understand I have to get up, I have to make my own dinner, I have to move, cam wouldn’t want & expect anything less.’ 

She added, ‘I am not okay, but i will be, because I have to be.’ 

The investigation is ongoing by the Mt. Vernon Police Department, Indiana State Police, and the Posey County Coroner. 

The coroner is set to perform the autopsy on Tuesday.  

Lynn received an outpour of support from her community, claiming she is 'not okay'

Lynn received an outpour of support from her community, claiming she is ‘not okay’

Lynn said she is 'not okay,' but is able to keep going because it's what her son (left) would've wanted. 'I have to get up, I have to make my own dinner, I have to move, cam wouldn't want & expect anything less.'

Lynn said she is ‘not okay,’ but is able to keep going because it’s what her son (left) would’ve wanted. ‘I have to get up, I have to make my own dinner, I have to move, cam wouldn’t want & expect anything less.’

Every year around the Fourth of July, the number of firework related injuries spike, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

There were nine reported deaths and an estimated 11,500 in relation to fireworks injuries in the U.S. last year.

There were about 15,600 more firework injuries reported the year prior, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CPSC said the high number could have been due to firework shows being cancelled amid concerns about group gatherings.  

Of the nine deaths in 2021, six were due to firework misuse and another to a mortar launch malfunction. Two others are unknown. 

Adults between the ages 20 to 24 were reported to have the highest rate of firework related injuries in 2021. The most reported bodily injuries were hands and fingers – other injuries are commonly burns.

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