US man shoots off firework from his head, dies
06 July 2015, 09:19
Calais - A young man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July holiday tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, fatally injuring himself, authorities said on Sunday.
Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks on Saturday night in the backyard of a friend's home in the small eastern Maine city of Calais, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesperson for the state Department of Public Safety.
Staples, 22, of Calais, placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off, he said.
The firework exploded, killing Staples instantly, McCausland said.
His death is the first fireworks fatality in Maine since the state legalised fireworks on January 1 2012, authorities said.
Calais is on the Canadian border near New Brunswick.
In 2011, lawmakers voted to repeal a 1949 law banning fireworks, reasoning the industry would create jobs and generate additional revenue.
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