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Authorities say a 58-year-old man was flown to the hospital in critical condition after a commercial-grade firework exploded in his face near Cary Sunday evening.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Cary Fire Protection District responded around 9:15 p.m. Sunday to the 24400 block of Hickory Nut Grove Road in unincorporated Cary for a person seriously injured by a firework.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found a 58-year-old man in and out of consciousness, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.

A preliminary investigation shows the man came to a gathering at the Hickory Nut Grove Road residence.

He brought numerous commercially rated fireworks, which require a permit to possess and detonate, Covelli said.

The man was detonating the fireworks for those at the gathering.

He lit a firework but it did not detonate as expected.

Covelli said the man looked into the tube housing the firework and it discharged, striking his face and exploding upon contact.

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The man sustained major injuries to the head and became unconscious.

Paramedics transported him to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry where they met a LifeNet medical helicopter.

The helicopter flew the man to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where he remains in critical condition.

Covelli said there were several unexploded commercial-grade fireworks collected by sheriff’s deputies.

They have since been transferred to the Waukegan Bomb Squad for destruction.

Criminal charges are possible in the incident, Covelli added.