Man shoots fire­work from top of his head, is fa­tally in­jured

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

CALAIS, Maine — 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 Sun­day. Devon Sta­ples and his friends had been drink­ing and set­ting off fire­works Satur­day night in the backyard of a friend’s home in the small eastern Maine city of Calais, said Stephen McCaus­land, a spokesman 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 le­gal­ized fire­works on Jan. 1, 2012, author­i­ties said.

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