PROVO — Prosecutors have announced felony charges against a man whose homemade firework exploded and sliced into 11-year-old Bridger Hunt.

Craig A. Miller, 45, of Lehi, now faces a second-degree felony of possession or control of an explosive or incendiary device and two third-degree felonies of child abuse and obstruction of justice, according to the Utah County Attorney's Office.

He will not be arrested but sent a summons to appear in 4th District Court.

On July 24, Miller was in his Lehi neighborhood lighting black powder in a 4-inch by 4-inch square pipe that was supposed to send up sparkles and smoke, neighbors said.

But something went wrong and the device exploded, burning Miller and sending giant pieces of metal shearing through Bridger's body, nearly severing his left leg.

Bridger underwent a lengthy overnight operation Monday and his leg was not removed, but he still remains in critical condition, doctors said. His breathing tube was being removed Monday evening.

A fund has been set up to help with medical expenses at any branch of Zions Bank or Central Bank in the name of Bridger Nathaniel Hunt.

Miller told the Deseret News he plans to do all he can to help the family.

"I will not dodge my responsibilities," Miller said Monday. "The way I'm looking at it, all I have is going to that boy. I will consider myself homeless, whatever it takes ... (because) I will never be able to live with myself unless I do everything in my power to make it right."


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