Woman injured, burned after mistaking firework for candle in Silver Spring

A woman suffered a traumatic injury Tuesday after a firework exploded on her in Silver Spring.

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue officials said they responded to a burn injury call on Hampshire West Court on Tuesday afternoon. 


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The Fire & Rescue Service said the woman mistook the firework for a candle and lit it. 

"She came across some fireworks, in this case, we believe it was basically like a quarter stick of dynamite for that matter," said Pete Piringer, spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service. 

Officials also said 911 wasn't called right away. The woman was taken to the trauma center for a hand injury and burns, but is expected to be okay.