Mother, 6-month-old hospitalized after fireworks malfunction in Lancaster

LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police in Lancaster filed charges against a man after a mother and her baby were injured by fireworks Tuesday on Westwood Road.

Authorities say Eugene Lapress, 38, was lighting fireworks “when one malfunctioned and began shooting fireballs toward several guests.”

The 22-year-old mother and her six-month-old baby were both hospitalized with second-degree burns. The baby was burned on nearly one-fifth of her body.

Authorities confiscated the remaining fireworks.

Lapress was charged with Reckless Endangerment and Unlawful Dealing With Fireworks. Initially police said the mother was also charged. But as of late Wednesday, she remained uncharged. Police said they are continuing to investigate.

Between Monday and Wednesday morning, police say they responded to 19 fireworks complaints. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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