Coleman tied to firecracker investigation

July 26, 1993|By New York Times News Service

LOS ANGELES -- New York Mets outfielder Vince Coleman threw a firecracker from a parked car at Dodger Stadium Saturday, and the Los Angeles Fire Department is investigating whether the incident was related to injuries reported by three fans who had attended the game.

Los Angeles outfielder Eric Davis said Coleman was sitting in Davis' Jeep after the Dodgers' 5-4 victory Saturday when he threw the firecracker.

A 33-year-old woman, an 11-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl were treated for injuries at local hospitals, according to Jim Wells, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The department was investigating the incident yesterday, Wells said. He declined to identify Coleman or anyone else as the subject of the investigation, but Davis said that he and Coleman had been interviewed by authorities.

Wells said authorities could file charges as early as today.

Davis said that Coleman was 20 to 25 feet from a crowd of people when he threw the firecracker and that he did not do so in anger or with intent to injure. Coleman declined to comment yesterday.

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