(KTLA/Meredith) - A California boy lost his hand after a neighbor tossed a lit firework at him on his 10th birthday, according to the child's family.
Aaron Corrado was outside his home in Compton on July 6 when the neighbor and another man approached him.
"He had something in his arm,” Aaron said. “I looked at it, and he told me, 'Do you want to have it?' I said no. I knew it was a firework. Then, they lit up the firework and they gave it to me. When they gave it to me ... that firework exploded in my hand."
The blast from the firework blew off Aaron’s left hand, according to his family. It also burned his right hand along with his face and stomach.
“I’m still in shock,” said his older sister, Adriana. "I’m trying to accept the fact -- and when he needs me or anything, he knows he has a big sister he can count on.”
She said Aaron underwent four surgeries in 12 days.
A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for his medical bills said the incident changed Aaron's life, but "not his spirits."
Family members said the neighbor has been arrested. Investigators are reportedly looking for a second suspect who may have been involved in the incident.
“These guys that did this, I don’t want to see them no more,” Aaron said. “I wish that they could be in jail.”
Aaron has two upcoming surgeries as he continues to recover from his injuries.