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Exploding Battery in Toy Gun Injures Child

January 27, 2019

FARMINGTON, UTAH- writes that a boy in Utah sustained injuries when the laser toy that he received as a gift exploded in his face. A video the family was taking on shows the child covering his eyes after the toy blew up and spewed battery chemicals on him.*

The child’s mother says that the toy was not working and that when her son, Kempton Kirkwood began fidgeting with the laser gun, it exploded. 

Kempton was taken to the emergency room where his eyes were flushed out to clear them of the chemicals from the battery. The family found that a similar incident occurred with the same toy in Texas. 

Kempton suffered from scratched corneas but will make a full recovery. The family is relieved that the child is not severely hurt and says that they can now laugh about the incident and the irony that the boy’s older brother had been told that he could not have a BB gun because he could shoot his eye out. 

Toy-related injuries are fairly common, although the vast majority are not serious and do not require any medical care. According to John Hopkins Medicine, each year about 217,000 children are treated in emergency rooms because of injuries they sustained from toys. The most common type of toy to cause injuries is a riding toy, and the most common reason for a toy-related injury is that the child fell off of the toy. Nearly half of the toy-related injuries involve injuries to the face and head. Fatal toy-related accidents are often the result of choking, suffocation, drowning, or riding toy incidents, including children being struck by vehicles, while on a riding toy, such as a tricycle or scooter. 

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