When surgeons have to call in the bomb squad

Talk about a highly charged situation

Take a Texan with an undetonated firework lodged in his leg, an ED medical team, a bomb squad and the local fire department, and you've got one highly charged situation.


It may read like the explosive finale of a TV medical drama, but this was the anxiety-provoking reality at a US hospital last year, the Journal of Emergency Medicine has revealed.

The 44-year-old Texas man arrived at the trauma centre with a blast injury to his right thigh after the mortar-type firework he was reloading — a presumed dud