Detroit-area TV meteorologist loses eye in fireworks mishap, to have prosthetic eye implanted


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In this 2010 photo released by WXYZ-TV, Dave Rexroth is shown. According to the station, Rexroth, chief meteorologist at the Detroit ABC affiliate, lost sight in his left eye during a fireworks mishap Friday, July 4, 2014 that occurred while he was vacationing with his family in Iowa City. Rexroth is to undergo surgery that will begin the process of implanting a prosthetic eye on Wednesday, July 9. (AP Photo/WXYZ-TV, Richard Doyle)


SOUTHFIELD, Michigan — A meteorologist at a Detroit-area television station has lost the sight in his left eye after a fireworks accident in Iowa.

WXYZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1qaST3k ) says its chief meteorologist, Dave Rexroth, will undergo surgery on Wednesday that will begin the process of implanting a prosthetic eye.

According to the station, the fireworks mishap happened Friday night while Rexroth was vacationing with his family in Iowa City. In response to a request for information on the incident, an Iowa City police spokesman said he doesn't have a report that lists Rexroth's name.

WXYZ says Rexroth is expected to recover by September.

General manager Ed Fernandez says Rexroth and his family have the station's "full support during this difficult time," and he looks forward to Rexroth's return.


Information from: WXYZ-TV, http://www.wxyz.com

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