- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska mom who was injured by a firework last year while shielding her 2-year-old daughter isn’t looking forward to this year’s barrage of celebratory explosions.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/29fcKi0 ) that Shannon Tellier has been experiencing panic attacks as this year’s fireworks revive memories of last year. Tellier is still recovering from injuries she sustained when an errant artillery shell struck her cheek.

“My teeth ache,” she said. “It’s my daily reminder.”

Tellier’s jawbones were broken in three places, several teeth were loosened and she had a steel plate in her mouth for much of the past year. She continues to visit a dentist almost monthly and has pain in her mouth.

“I don’t want anything to do with the Fourth of July,” she said. “And I don’t think I’m going to be able to get through it without hiding.”

The anxiety is new for the 31-year-old mother who grew up celebrating the holiday by lighting off fireworks with family while watching Lincoln’s main display.

Tellier’s injury was one of 176 reported statewide between June 25 and July 5 last year. The State Fire Marshall’s Office says fireworks also caused 49 fires last year that caused more than $60,000 in damage.

Tellier’s father, Dave O’Melia, said his daughter is dealing with the injuries and the reminders as best as she can.

“She’s coping with it,” he father said. “I don’t know if she’s coping it with very well, but she’s coping with it.”

Tellier said she hopes the fear will eventually fade.

“Maybe next year, it won’t be so hard,” she said. “But since it’s coming up on a year, I’m just terrified.”

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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