The chief meteorologist for WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan lost his left eye in a serious fireworks accident this past weekend while he and his family were on vacation in Iowa. Dave Rexroth will undergo surgery this week and "begin the process of receiving a prosthetic eye," according to his employer.

The accident is just one of the dozens of reports filed across the country documenting the annual tradition of Americans losing body parts in celebration of our country's birth.

The news reports fail to mention the countless number of fresh fruits destroyed in the fruitless effort that safety officials put forth every year to warn Americans of the dangers that fireworks pose.

[Image via AP | h/t Stephen Uzick]