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Alpine Days firework attack still under investigation two months after teen was injured

Posted at 1:28 PM, Oct 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 10:21:22-04

ALPINE, Utah- Over two months ago, sixteen year-old Dawson Hughes was seriously injured by a firework thrown at Alpine Days—and no arrests have been made or charges filed.

Alpine Days is an event that happens every year at Creekside Park. The weekend-long event hosts carnival games, rides, food, and music.

It's something Dawson typically looks forward to.

“It was really fun.. until that happened,” he recalled.

Dawson remembered listening to the DJ on August 5, then looking up and seeing something unexpected.

“We see this firework in the air and this girl and I looked up," he said. “But then it landed right in my foot and blew up…and hit a couple of people."

The firework left holes in his leg, and Dawson said he had to get gun powder scraped out of his ankle, along with a few of his friends.

Dawson and his family just want to know who did it and whether or not they will face consequences.  Dawson's dad, Severyn, said this is more than just a teenage prank.

“This Jeep was able to drive in pretty freely, hop out, light an incendiary device and chuck it into a crowd, and then speed away,” Severyn noted.

Lone Peak Police Department says they have interviewed several juveniles about the incident and do know that a vehicle was involved. They could not confirm the make of the car but said whoever is found responsible could face a felony charge.

And for Dawson, the wounds may have healed but the scars are there for good.

“I feel a lot less protected, and every time I hear a firework my heart drops… kinda like PTSD," he said.

If you have any information about the incident, please contact the Lone Peak Police Department.