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A lit firework tipped over and went straight at a 65-year-old man watching from his driveway Wednesday night, sending him to the hospital with burns to his right arm and chest, according to Lincoln police.

The legal firework was an artillery shell that someone lit in the 600 block of West Burt Drive about 10:15 p.m., said police Capt. Todd Kocian. Rescue workers took the man to a hospital, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

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Of the 404 calls police responded to Wednesday — the first day it was legal to shoot off fireworks in the city — 56 were disturbances involving fireworks.

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Education reporter

Margaret Reist is a Lincoln native, the mom of three high school graduates now navigating college and an education junkie who covers students, teachers and policymakers inside and outside the K-12 classroom.

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