Fire­works take life

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A MAN was killed af­ter try­ing to launch a fire­work off the top of his head on Amer­i­can In­de­pen­dence Day. Devon Sta­ples, 22, had been drink­ing and cel­e­brat­ing by set­ting off fire­works in the backyard of a friend’s home in the small Maine city of Calais. He placed a fire­works mor­tar tube on his head and set it off, killing him in­stantly. His death is the first fire­works fa­tal­ity in Maine since the state le­galised fire­works on Jan­uary 1, 2012. In 2011, politi­cians voted to re­peal a 1949 law ban­ning fire­works.

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