BRENTWOOD, Calif. - Two kids are recovering on Monday after an explosion of fireworks in a Brentwood church parking lot.
A 12-year-old boy was airlifted to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland with severe injuries to his face, chest and hands. Police say he also suffered burns all throughout his body. A 12-year-old girl suffered facial injuries and was transported by her family in a car to an undisclosed local hospital, fire crews said.
East Contra Costa County firefighters raced to the scene Sunday at 5:20 p.m. at Neighborhood Church on Birch Street after people said they heard an explosion.
Earlier, officials had said that the injured boy was 10 years old and that the girl was 15.
Police said parents need to keep a closer eye on situations like these.
"They need to educate their kids that they can't be played with," said Brentwood Sgt. Mitchell Broillette. "That fireworks aren't something to take lightly. You have to take them seriously because of situations like this."
Brentwood police say officers found more fireworks at a home in Oakley, where the boy is from. They are now investigating with the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office to determine if charges will be filed. Fireworks are illegal in the county to use, sell or distribute and violators could face hundreds of dollars in fines.
An email to the church on Monday wasn't immediately returned.