Lysander man Injured in fireworks explosion; brother facing charges

LYSANDER, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office says a Lysander man was seriously hurt from a fireworks explosion. That led to the arrest of his brother for possessing several illegal handguns. 

On June 10th just before 4:30pm, investigators were called to a home on Tater Road in the Town of Lysander regarding a traumatic injury caused by fireworks.

James Rice, 43, was hurt  after igniting a metal pipe that he had packed with sparklers which was inserted into an old exhaust pipe. The explosion caused the exhaust pipe to rip and tear, sending metal shrapnel into Rice's abdomen and legs. Rice was transported to University Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

While investigating the explosion, deputies spoke with James Rice's brother, Dale Rice, 52, who was present during the incident. At the time of the interview deputies discovered a loaded .22 caliber pistol magazine in Dale Rice's vehicle. That soon led to the recovery of 12 unregistered handguns, two in the vehicle and 10 in his home. Deputies further discovered that Dale Rice did not possess a New York State Pistol Permit. 

Dale Rice was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd degree. He was arraigned in the Town of Lysander Court by Judge Mantione who released him on his own recognizance. 


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