Injured identified in North Andover fireworks incident – ​​Boston News, Weather, Sports

NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. (WHDH) — A man injured while handling fireworks in North Andover ahead of the city’s July 4 show has been identified by multiple fire departments as Walter “Wally” Shaw, a Townsend firefighter and licensed pyrotechnician.

according to a GoFundMe Set up to pay for Shaw’s medical expenses, Shaw works full-time for both the Groton Fire Department and the Harvard Fire Department, helps out in his parents’ tractor business, and is a chartered pyrotechnician for Atlas.

“Wally is an incredibly hard worker, family oriented, selfless and kind,” wrote GoFundMe contributor James Crocker. “Wally is also an adventure seeker, a cat lover and an old soul.”

As 7NEWS previously reported, firefighters responding to reports of an explosion at North Andover Middle School at 2:15 p.m. Sunday found he had been injured by a shell explosion while he was setting up fireworks for the city, they said Officer. He was flown to a Boston hospital.

The GoFundMe page said a rack he was loading accidentally ignited, causing serious but non-life-threatening injuries to his upper body. He underwent multiple surgeries in Boston, but more surgeries are likely before his recovery begins. The GoFundMe page notes that he will likely be out of work “for an extended period of time.”

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