Popular WXYZ-TV meteorologist loses eye in fireworks accident


WXYZ-TV Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday after he was seriously injured in a fireworks accident while on a family vacation in Iowa City, Iowa.

Rexroth, a popular weather forecaster, lost his eye in the Friday night blast and will undergo surgery to begin the process of receiving a prosthetic eye, WXYZ reported Monday morning.

He’s expected to fully recover by September.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his family and they have our full support during this difficult time. As Dave recovers, we’ll provide updates on his progress – and we look forward to his return to Action News,” said Ed Fernandez, vice president and general manager of WXYZ.

Rexroth, who lives in Oakland County with his wife and three sons, has been chief meteorologist at WXYZ since August 2010.

Rexroth graduated from Luther College in Iowa before receiving a master’s degree in meteorology from the University of Chicago.

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  • Gunnut2600

    Seems like a pretty stupid way to lose an eye. I pity the guy.

  • stinger

    This is one of the few news sources I read that tends to get actual information out. This article is missing any real facts. It just states someone got hurt. Nothing about how the injury actually occurred or almost any other facts. Let’s get the real story out here.

  • Ginger Mason

    This is so tragic, to lose one’s eye! Hoping you heal quickly Dave. I love your weather reporting and your down to earth personality. ♥

  • Rhonda Good Burden

    Prayers for you and your family Dave. Always love how down to earth you have been on Channel 7. Will be looking forward to your return in September!

  • ChrisC801

    Prayers for a speedy recovery Dave!

  • John Golembiewski

    Best wishes to Dave!

  • idaharleyman

    As an investigative journalist I expected to hear what happened, not just the same box score as Channel 7 and others put out.

  • LaSalle Swinson

    My prayers are with you. You are a Jewel in this city. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  • Tracey

    This is really sad. I hope he makes a full recovery and can resume his career very soon.

  • rhoneyman

    was he at all complicit? or was he the victim of someone else’s mistake?

    • Brentano Yanni

      “was he at all complicit?” How morally bankrupt does one have to be to probe for blame in a tragic accident? For the ignorant, everything comes down to personal responsibility

      • Zeke2112

        Would you be praying for the poor soul who tried to ride a shopping cart down a steep hillside?

        Those who are reckless should not be held up as a target of sympathy. They should be regarded as an opportunity to provide a lesson on the importance of safety. Hence rhoneyman’s question.

        • rhoneyman

          seriously. i may have asked the question in a clumsy way, but i think there’s information missing.

          full disclosure: no tv. i haven’t a clue who this guy is. i’m sorry for his pain and suffering but if it’s a story worth telling, it’s worth telling in full.

      • rhoneyman

        @brentanoyanni:disqus hang on. we’re talking fourth of july. there are fireworks tents all over the place near my apartment. there are stories every day of people mishandling dangerous material and getting injured. i don’t know who this guy is. all i know is that it’s a story about one more person seriously injured in a fireworks accident.

        i don’t know: maybe he has kids and he was trying to entertain them. or, maybe he was at a formal display and something went wrong. information and context would help. that’s all.

        as for your last line: my question is exactly directed at that issue. was this one more case of guy not knowing what he was doing? or was is some neighborhood think gone wrong? or was is a professional display run amuck? if i’m going to read the story, i’d like the context.

    • Ginger Mason

      Such an insensitive and stupid question rhoneyman! Dave is a mature and intelligent man! He’s not some teenager or reckless 25 yr old who doesn’t use his head. I’m sure he was a victim!

  • Bob Connely

    Dave has always been one of the good ones in local TV… thoughts, prayers, and wishes go out.