Man hit by lit firework thrown into his convertible at a Nashville intersection on July Fourth

Colin Kirby firework hits convertible
Posted at 6:55 PM, Jul 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-06 23:16:28-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A red-hot firework thrown into a car in Nashville traffic is now the subject of a police investigation.

Around 10:15 p.m. Sunday night, Colin Kirby was leaving the city after watching the July Fourth fireworks when a lit firework was tossed into his open convertible.

"They lit it, then rolled down the window and threw it," said Colin Kirby. "At the same time, they went around the corner."

Kirby was driving in his convertible with a friend when people in a white car pulled up beside him. Someone in the backseat tossed the firework which landed behind Kirby's head.

Friends of Kirby were behind him in a pickup truck. The truck happened to have a camera on the dash, which captured the entire ordeal.

"I didn't know what in the world was going on," Kirby said.

Miraculously, Kirby and his passenger weren't seriously injured by the flaming firework.

"It could've landed in between us, burned our sides. It could've landed in my lap. Tons of veins in your legs. I wouldn't have been here," Kirby said.

The damage to his car is much worse. The firework singed the folded convertible top, trim and door of his car.

Metro Nashville Police are trying to track down the white sedan and the people in it. And the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is looking into the case.

"I think they need to make an example out of them. I hate to say that, but I think they should... at least out of the driver and the person that threw it," Kirby said.

Kirby's family has started a GoFundMe to pay for the repairs to his convertible.

Call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME if you information that could help police.