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19 Killed, Including a Minor, in Mexico Fireworks Explosion

Dozens were also injured

(Newser) - Nineteen people were killed and at least 40 injured Thursday when a series of explosions ripped through fireworks workshops in a town just north of Mexico City, the AP reports. The dead included four firefighters and two police officers who rushed to the scene after the first explosion, only to... More »

'I Will Make Your Lives on Dove Lane Insanely Miserable'

Letter threatened against use of fireworks, didn't work

(Newser) - No July 4th is complete without hearing at least one person complain about fireworks, but a Michigan resident took that to the extreme. Fox 2 reports on the brouhaha and the resolution. The former began Sunday, when four homes on Dove Lane in Chesterfield Township found a letter penned by... More »

Amid Firework Booms, 'an Ungodly Sound'

Falling tree limb kills 2, injures 5 in Illinois

(Newser) - Two men out celebrating the Fourth of July in Rock Island, Ill., didn't get to see it dawn. Daniel Mendoza, 61, and Lawrence Anderson, 72, died of "multiple traumatic crushing injuries" late Tuesday after a massive tree limb fell on the pair during a fireworks show at the... More »

Is This the 'Next Generation Firework Show'?

Drones take over Fourth of July celebrations in dry states

(Newser) - The booms of fireworks were missing from various towns in drought-wracked states over the Fourth of July, but that doesn't mean there wasn't celebration in the skies. To avoid the risk of wildfires, towns in California, Colorado, and Arizona turned to drones for entertainment. In Carefree, Ariz., the... More »

Cops: Firecrackers Cover Theft Inside Mall—Again

Nearly a dozen people injured fleeing what they thought were gunshots at Florida Mall

(Newser) - A thief or thieves in Florida apparently used public anxiety over mass shootings as part of their strategy. Eleven people were injured fleeing the Florida Mall in Orlando on Sunday after hearing what they thought were gunshots, reports ABC 10 . When police arrived, however, they determined that the noise had... More »

Thousands Flee Australia Fireworks Mishap

Barge carrying pyrotechnics caught fire

(Newser) - New Year's Eve went off with more of a blast than expected for thousands of Australians as a fireworks display went badly wrong. A barge carrying fireworks at Terrigal Beach, New South Wales, caught fire soon after the display began, causing fireworks to go off at random, some of... More »

Dozens of Trapped Workers Die in Fireworks Factory Blaze

Police had to smash a wall for them to get out

(Newser) - Investigators are trying to determine the cause of an explosion and fire at a fireworks factory near Indonesia's capital that killed at least 47 people Thursday, mostly young female workers unable to escape. Survivors told authorities the fire started in the factory's drying section, where finished fireworks are... More »

Groom's Explosive Wedding Celebration Gets Him Arrested

Long Island's Thomas Giglio is accused of setting off illegal fireworks in his backyard

(Newser) - Guests watching a fireworks display after a New York wedding were cheering the bride, groom, and booms when police arrived—and the groom ended up under arrest, the AP reports. Nassau County cops say they were called to a Massapequa home early Saturday—the New York Post pegs the time... More »

Michigan Man Tries to Use Fireworks to Remove Bees

It did not go according to plan

(Newser) - A Michigan man who tried to use fireworks to remove a bees' nest from his garage ended up burning the building down instead. MLive reports that crews responding to the home in Grand Blanc Township on Monday saw fireworks shooting into the sky from the burning garage. No one was... More »

This Is Most Dangerous Firework You Can Buy: Study

Shell-and-mortar-style fireworks responsible for 39% of injuries

(Newser) - More than one-third of all fireworks-related injuries are caused by shell-and-mortar-style fireworks, making them the most dangerous Fourth of July pyrotechnic on the market, according to a study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine . The Seattle Times reports approximately 10,500 people in the US are treated for... More »

Mexico Fireworks Tragedy: 'All of a Sudden It Started Booming'

At least 26 are dead

(Newser) - An explosion ripped through Mexico's best-known fireworks market on the northern outskirts of the capital Tuesday, killing at least 26 people, injuring scores more, and sending a huge plume of charcoal-gray smoke billowing into the sky, reports AP . Mexican Federal Police announced via its official Twitter account the preliminary... More »

Teen Loses Leg, Maybe Sight From DIY 'Sparkler Bomb'

15-year-old Texas boy tied nearly 200 sparklers together before lighting them

(Newser) - Even a single sparkler on the Fourth of July can cause harm —and a Texas teen learned they're even more dangerous when you tie a bunch of them together, NBC News reports. Rowdy Radford, 15, was at his aunt's home in Sargent on Saturday when he decided... More »

PBS Slammed for 'Fake' Fireworks Footage

It used stock footage during 'live' broadcast

(Newser) - Noticed something a bit off about PBS' A Capitol Fourth broadcast Monday? So did hundreds of people who took to Facebook and Twitter, per NBC News . Though host Tom Bergeron initially laughed off concerns that the live concert and fireworks display over Washington would be rained out, per the Washington ... More »

9-Year-Old Girl Loses Hand to Fireworks at Park

She picked one up in Compton

(Newser) - A second serious injury blamed on fireworks in as many days: A 9-year-old girl in California lost her entire left hand and fingers on her right hand after the accident at a park in Compton on Sunday, reports NBC4 News . Her family tells CBS Los Angeles that the girl picked... More »

Kardashian Party Causes Terrorist Attack Scare

Turns out to be fireworks, LA residents not happy

(Newser) - "I was stunned by this booming sound. I had no idea what it was. The dog went into what I thought was a cardiac arrest." The California resident isn't talking about a shooting or a terrorist attack, as some initially thought they were hearing, but rather ... an... More »

2nd NFL Player Loses Fingers to Fireworks

Tampa Bay's CJ Wilson is leaving the game, at least temporarily

(Newser) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback CJ Wilson has been placed on the reserve/retired list while he recovers from losing two fingers on his right hand in a July 4 fireworks accident. The third-year pro out of North Carolina State is one of two NFL players, along with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul... More »

Report: NFL Star Loses Finger in Fireworks Injury

ESPN says Jason Pierre-Paul plans to play this season

(Newser) - NFL fans probably knew that Giants star Jason Pierre-Paul injured his hand in a Fourth of July fireworks accident. But ESPN reports that it's way more serious than anyone imagined: Doctors amputated his right index finger, according to a tweeted image of medical records by Adam Schefter. This might... More »

Another Man Dies After Shooting Firework Off Body

At least 4 killed by fireworks during Fourth of July celebrations

(Newser) - Another man is dead after reportedly shooting a firework off his own body, this time in Texas. Postal worker Justin Bartek, 30, was setting off fireworks with friends along the Colorado River in Columbus early yesterday when he put a Medieval Knight, a large, tube-shaped firework, on his chest and... More »

Pals Tried to Stop Man From Lighting Firework on Head

But Devon Staples' brother says it was just a 'freak accident'

(Newser) - A 22-year-old who once entertained kids at Disney World died in what his brother calls a "freak accident" on July 4. Devon Staples of Calais, Maine, had been drinking and celebrating the Fourth in a friend's backyard when he set a firework off of his own head, a... More »

Guy Shoots Firework Off Own Head, Dies

Yes, alcohol was involved

(Newser) - The combination of drunk Americans and pyrotechnics often proves tragic and fatal on the nation's birthday, and this year's Fourth of July was no exception: As the Press Herald reports, 22-year-old Devon Staples apparently set off a firework on top of his own head last night, instantly killing... More »

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