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Guy Shoots Firework Off Own Head, Dies

Yes, alcohol was involved
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2015 2:12 PM CDT

(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 the Calais man and making him Maine's first fireworks' fatality since they were legalized in 2012.

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Police says that Staples had been setting off fireworks with friends in a friend's backyard when he "placed the fireworks mortar tube on top of his head and set it off"; as the AP notes, "the friends had been drinking." (Read more fireworks stories.)

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