Taylor Williams said someone did it on purpose and now, his family is wondering why police have not moved forward in the case.
Maumelle Police closed the case but not because they found someone responsible.
Williams recounted the night it happened.
He said, "When they did it, it hit my right leg and exploded on impact."
Williams said someone intentionally shot him with a large scale firework on the Fourth of July last year in Maumelle.
He's doing fine now.
"I can walk on it, I'm fully mobile. Just some scarring."
But that scarring is a reminder to him of a gaping gash left in his leg from the explosion.
Now, a year later, no one has paid for this action. In fact, the case was closed two weeks after it happened.
"It really bothered me that they got away with it."
Maumelle Police however, said a lack of cooperation from Williams is the reason why they closed the case.
"I think they just kind of dropped it," Williams claimed.
Police narratives on the case said, they didn't get much help.
"It could have been our fault," said Williams' father, Rusty Williams.
Williams' father admits, there may have been paper work and reports they should have filled out but didn't, but said that shouldn't be reason enough to drop the case.
"What if he had been killed," Williams' father asked. "What would we have had to fill out for them to investigate."
Doctors said had it gone through his leg one more inch, Williams would have bled to death. That's why the family, despite the case being dropped, is just happy Williams is still here.
For the time being, handling the festive explosives have not made Williams' list of priorities this Fourth, or in the immediate future.
"Haven't really been looking forward to go shooting fireworks anytime soon."
He knows they can be dangerous.
"From personal experience I can tell you so."
But doesn't think his experience should scare others off of fireworks.
"I don't really see the problem with it it's when people abuse the privilege and take advantage of it and put people in harms way... well that's when it obviously becomes a problem," Williams said.
The family initially wanted there to be a ban on the artillery type of fireworks for public use, but said they now just want to make sure people don't let underage kids handle fireworks without supervision.