Police chief loses part of arm in fireworks accident

The Associated Press, AP

PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania police chief has lost part of his arm following a fireworks accident at the town’s fireman’s carnival.

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Karen Diebold says her son and Leechburg Police Chief Michael Diebold is in stable and in good spirits nonetheless because of the outpouring of community support.

Police say the 39-year-old chief was lighting a mortar when one went off and exploded into him. The chief reportedly runs a local fireworks business and was licensed to handle them.

The chief was being treated at UPMC Mercy hospital in Pittsburgh.

A prayer vigil for the chief was held Sunday night at the Leechburg Volunteer Fire Co.

State police are continuing to investigate the accident.