Man seriously hurt in fireworks accident on the road to recovery

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Updated: 1/28/2013 9:03 am Published: 1/25/2013 10:21 pm

Taron Pounds, 23, was seriously injured in a fireworks explosion last summer. 

He is now on the road to recovery, and his friends are holding a benefit concert for him.

Doctors took Taron's fibular bone to rebuild the bridge of his nose, cheeks and eye bones.  With many more surgeries ahead of him, and mounting medical bills, his spirit is as strong as ever.

Making music, and writing it, are Taron Pounds' passions.  Last fourth of July, a firework blew up in Taron's face at a wedding reception in Inola.

"It was as soon as fire touched it, zoom! I barely had time to put my arm up," Taron said.

He thinks he lit the wrong fuse.  The firework tore through his face, breaking every bone in the left side of his skull, blinding his left eye, burning his arm and shoulder.

"It exploded right here and that's where I got the burns from.  It's unrealistic that I'm alive."

His family, friends, and paramedics rushed to his aid.

"It really blows me away just how many people it took to save my life that night," said Taron.

He endured months of surgeries, one even 22 hours long.

"The left side of my jaw was actually separated from the rest of my skull."

He was in the hospital until October, had to re-learn how to eat, speak and drink out of a cup or straw.  Now his mom and step dad care for him at home.

"They're kinda like my two nurses now."

Taron doesn't see his injuries as a curse.  Instead, he says, they're an opportunity.

"If you want to call it coincidence or whatever.  I call it an act of God."

An opportunity, he says, for introspection.

"You appreciate yourself a lot.  Are you really who you are? Or are you just looking at the shell?"

He doesn't want to preach about the danger of fireworks, but he urges families to be safe.

"Life's not worth living without taking a couple of risks, but are those risks worth it?"

The friends he's made through music are putting on a concert Saturday night at Cain's Ballroom; a fundraiser for Taron and his family.  So he can keep making music.

"I wouldn't change it for anything."

The benefit concert for Taron Pounds is Saturday Jan. 26, at Cain's Ballroom. Doors open at 6pm, concert starts at 7pm.  Tickets are $15.

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