Texarkana teen critically hurt in firework accident

A 13-year-old Texarkana, Texas teen was hit in the head with a mortar round firework Wednesday night.  Darrius Pollard is in critical condition at Children's Hospital in Little Rock.  Investigators say Darrius was playing on Virginia Street when the mortar round hit him in the back of the head.  A mortar round dispenses a hard, round ball when ignited.  Witnesses told investigators several people were firing fireworks at each other.  A city ordinance is in place to prevent that type of activity from happening.

At approximately 10:45pm on July 4, 2007, Texarkana, Texas Police responded to St. Michaels Hospital regarding an unconscious 13 year old black male having been brought in for apparent injury resulting from fireworks. It was then learned that the 13 year old, Darrius Pollard, of Texarkana, Texas, was playing on Virginia Street in the Beverly area of Texarkana, Texas, when he was struck in the back of the head with a "mortar round", a type of fireworks which dispenses a hard, round ball when ignited. The force of the blow caused the youth to collapse on the street. He was transported to the hospital by a concerned citizen, and upon arrived police were notified. According to witnesses, several individuals were firing various fireworks at each other in the neighborhood that evening, despite a city ordinance preventing such activity. The victim has since been transported to the Children's Hospital in Little Rock where he is listed in critical condition. The investigation is open and ongoing. More information to follow as it becomes available.