TAMPA — The 9-year-old Lakeland boy injured in February when a grenade went off in his hand was listed in serious condition Wednesday, according to an official at Tampa General Hospital.
Edward George Weise III has been hospitalized since the Feb. 18 accident in the kitchen of his home. He touched a lighter to a hollowed-out World War II-style pineapple grenade that was refilled with black firecracker powder.
He was flown to Tampa General in critical condition but is now in serious condition, hospital spokeswoman Ellen Fiss said.
Authorities said Edward and his father put the powder in the grenade with the intention of setting it off on July 4, 2009, but left it in a flower pot when it didn't detonate.
The Department of Children and Families said it has opened an investigation into the family of the second-grader.