Lit firework tossed into convertible at Nashville intersection

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Dash camera video captured someone throw a lit firework into a car stopped at a Midtown intersection on the night of July 4.

Kathy Kirby told News 2 that a car pulled up next to her son’s convertible, as he was stopped at a traffic light along Church Street at 17th Avenue North Sunday night.

  • Fireworks convertible
  • Fireworks convertible
  • Fireworks convertible
  • Fireworks convertible
  • Fireworks convertible

Someone in that car then tossed a “large, lit firework” into the convertible, which had the top down, striking her son in the back of the head, Kirby explained.

“He quickly reached back and picked it up to try and toss it away,” Kirby said. “It burned him and he dropped it.”

She added, “It blew up then, first a small explosion and then a large very loud one.”

A friend driving behind him captured the incident on dash camera video.

The driver, Colin Kirby, explained the firework bounced after it hit him in the head and exploded on the convertible’s top, which was closed.

He pulled over near 15th Avenue and called 911.

The top of the BMW has extensive damage, which will cost thousands of dollars to repair.

Colin Kirby’s fingers were slightly burned and he is still having trouble hearing but he is grateful to be alive.

The car had tinted windows and Colin Kirby could only see the person’s arm. He said he hopes he has enough for police to track down the people responsible.

“I want to see Metro catch them, I want to see them put the driver and the one that threw it away for sure, and I want them to pay for the damage for my car,” said Colin Kirby.

“I really would like Metro to make an example out of this so people don’t do this. I hate to say throw book at them, I hate to see peoples lives ruined over dumb stuff but like I said, what if there were kids in the backseat or a whole family’s car right there? It could have killed people,” added Colin Kirby.

News 2 has reached out to Metro police for an update on the investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

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