Detroit Meteorologist Seriously Hurt In Iowa City Fireworks Accident

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The chief meteorologist for a Detroit television station was seriously injured by fireworks Friday in Iowa City.

According to a statement on the WXYZ-TV website, Dave Rexroth was vacationing with his family in Iowa City when he was injured by fireworks. Rexroth has lost sight in his left eye and is scheduled to undergo surgery in Iowa City on Wednesday. Rexroth will receive a prosthetic eye and is expected to recover by September, according to the station.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his family and they have our full support during this difficult time,” WXYZ vice president and general manager Ed Fernandez said in a statement. “As Dave recovers, we’ll provide updates on his progress — and we look forward to his return to Action News.”

Johnson County Ambulance Director Steve Spenler said medical personnel were dispatched to 3605 Rohret Road at 10:10 p.m. Friday. Spenler said the call was for an individual injured by fireworks.

Rexroth was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Spenler said he could not provide any more details on the incident.

Generally speaking, the ambulance service does not see very many fireworks calls, especially those involving serious injuries, Spenler said. That said, Spenler said pyrotechnics are best left to the professionals.

“Absolutely, especially the illegal fireworks,” he said. “I think there’s enough risk, even with sparklers.”

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