Man Killed in New Year's Fireworks Accident Police not sure yet if alcohol was involved By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jan 1, 2011 4:04 PM CST 27 comments Comments Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye during the New Year celebrations in London on Saturday January 1, 2011. (AP Photo/PA, Ian Nicholson) (Newser) – An Illinois man got a little too excited about the new year, and paid for it with his life. Robert Freund, 31, decided to celebrate by lighting a large firework shortly after midnight this morning, reports Chicago Breaking News. It went off, injuring him in the head and chest, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators are waiting on results of a drug and alcohol test.