CALAIS, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police say a man celebrating the Fourth of July died when he tried to launch a firework off the top of his head.
Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, says 22-year-old Devon Staples of Calais had been setting off fireworks with friends on Saturday night in the backyard of a friend’s home.READ MORE: 'It’s Just A Miracle': Plymouth Mom Recovering From COVID After Emergency C-Section, 12 Days On Ventilator
He says Staples placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off, injuring his head. He died instantly.
Police say the friends had been drinking.READ MORE: WooSox Celebrate Home Opener At New Polar Park In Worcester
McCausland says Staples’ death marks Maine’s first fireworks fatality since the state legalized fireworks several years ago.
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