CENTEREACH - A Centereach man was sent to the hospital after a firework exploded in his face during a Fourth of July party.

Police say 33-year-old Alexander Abel was setting off illegal fireworks at around 10:30 p.m. on Smithtown Polk Boulevard when a big mortar-type device failed to ignite. Abel peered down the tube, and that is when police say the firework exploded.

Abel was rushed to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he's recovering from his injuries. He is currently listed in stable condition.

Suffolk police say they are considering bringing charges against Abel for setting off the illegal fireworks.