(CBS) – A Chicago nurse got a rude awakening Thursday afternoon when a man in her Portage Park neighborhood blew off his hand with a firecracker – a body part that was found hours later by the nurse’s dog.
Cheri Steigert normally works the overnight shift and was sleeping around 3:30 p.m. when she heard a large explosion and a scream.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Stray Sprinkles On Friday
She learned that a man had been injured in a fireworks explosion and lost at least two fingers. A few hours later, she learned it was even worse.
Steigert let her dog out in the yard, and it returned with something in its mouth and dropped the item – a bunny rabbit, she thought, at first.READ MORE: Young Boy Shot And Seriously Wounded In Bronzeville High-Rise Apartment
“I came back out to pick it up, and I found out it was the other part of the young man’s hand,” she tells CBS 2.
She called authorities.
The Chicago Fire Department says a 39-year-old man was injured in the 3900 block of North Austin by a firework equivalent to a half-stick of dynamite. He was rushed to trauma care at Lutheran General Hospital.MORE NEWS: Family Of Girl Who Died At Age 11 Finds Her Headstone Overturned And Damaged At Cemetery In Hillside
The hand was found about 250 feet away at Steigert’s residence, on West Dakin.