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Electrocution Kills 2 Making Art That's a TikTok Trend

Experts caution woodburning process isn't safe at home

(Newser) - The deaths of two people in Wisconsin are being blamed on electrocution caused by a woodburning technique that's popular on TikTok but banned by a trade group. The bodies of Tanya Rodriguez, 44, and James Carolfi, 52, were found after a house fire, but the Marathon County Sheriff's...

'I Can Ride,' Teen Exclaimed Moments Before Death

Cousin Shay Johnson recalls her last conversation with Tyre Sampson

(Newser) - Tyre Sampson was turned away from rides during his visit to Orlando's ICON Park, just not the one that killed him. That's according to his cousin, Shay Johnson, who dropped off the 14-year-old at the amusement park on Thursday. She tells Spectrum News 13 that he wanted to...

Boy Killed in Fall From Ride Exceeded Weight Limit

Manual for Orlando ride gives max weight as 287 pounds; Tyre Sampson reportedly weighed 340

(Newser) - The 14-year-old boy who died after a fall from a 430-foot drop tower ride at Orlando's ICON Park "fell right out of the seat" as the plunging 30-seat circular vehicle started braking, according to a 911 call. "The thing went down the drop, and like when it...

14-Year-Old Was Worried After Getting on Ride, His Father Says

After fatal fall, 911 caller said teenager wasn't secured by a seat belt

(Newser) - Tyre Sampson knew something was wrong before he reached the top of the 430-foot amusement park ride from which he fell to his death, his father said. "He was panicking when he was going up,” Yarnell Sampson said, per WOFL . "He was explaining to his friend next...

Teen Dies in Fall From World's Tallest Drop Tower

'Everyone was just panicking and screaming,' Orlando witness says

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy has died after a horrifying fall from a ride that was billed as "the world's tallest free-standing drop tower" when it opened in Orlando in December. Witnesses say they saw the teen fall from the 430-foot Orlando FreeFall ride at ICON Park Thursday night, Fox...

Billionaire Banker's Son Killed by Boat Propeller

Juan Carlos Escotet Alviarez dove from vessel to rescue fiancee from water

(Newser) - The son of a Spanish-Venezuelan banking billionaire was killed in a tragic accident at a fishing tournament in the Florida Keys Saturday. According to an accident report from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, when Juan Carlos Escotet Alviarez's fiancee fell from the stern of a 60-foot vessel, the...

Man Killed Using Port-a-Potty at End of Work Shift

The spotter for heavy-equipment operators in Polk County, Fla., was crushed by a bulldozer

(Newser) - A Florida landfill worker walked into a port-a-potty at the end of his workday Friday and never walked out. A colleague who was parking a bulldozer accidentally ran over the port-a-potty, crushing the man inside, according to authorities, who responded to the Polk County North Central Landfill after 5pm. Aaron...

Cops Say Miss Alabama's Death Was 'Tragic Accident'

Zoe Sozo Bethel fell from window in Miami

(Newser) - "The world lost a queen," a beauty pageant organization said after the death of Zoe Sozo Bethel, the current Miss Alabama for America Strong. Relatives say the 27-year-old died on Friday, eight days after an accident in Miami, NBC reports. Authorities tell People that Miami officers were called...

Woman Dies in 60-Foot Fall From Mast of Tall Ship

Police are investigating death of volunteer on Galveston ship

(Newser) - Tragedy on a tall ship: A woman fell 60 feet to her death in front of horrified tourists at the historic Elissa ship in Galveston on Saturday. Authorities say the 58-year-old woman was one of the volunteers who maintain the tall ship at a seaport museum, KTRK reports. Port of...

4-Year-Old in Car With Mom Fatally Shoots Himself

Mom, friend were getting high in the front seat, police say

(Newser) - Tragedy in Louisiana, where a 4-year-old boy fatally shot himself with a gun he found in his mom's car Saturday. Jarion Walker was in the back seat of the car with his two younger siblings, ages 22 months and about one year, while their mother and another adult smoked...

Strange Case of Teen's Gym Mat Death Reopened
Sheriff: No Foul Play
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Sheriff: No Foul Play in Teen's Gym Mat Death

Mother of Kendrick Johnson doesn't buy it

(Newser) - Update: There is no evidence of foul play in the 2013 death of Kendrick Johnson , whose body was found upside-down inside a rolled-up gym mat at his Georgia high school, Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk concluded Wednesday. He spoke after conducting a review of an FBI investigation six years ago...

Child Dies in Bounce House Tragedy in Spain

8 other children were injured

(Newser) - Another bounce house tragedy, this one in Spain, ended up claiming the life of a young girl. ABC News reports that on Tuesday night a gust of wind sent a bouncy castle that had been set up at a fairground in Mislata, near Valencia, airborne and then flipped it over....

Man's Attempt to Jump NYC Subway Turnstile Kills Him

Police say the 28-year-old landed on his head, breaking his neck

(Newser) - A cautionary tale out of New York City, where police say a 28-year-old man's attempt to avoid paying subway fare ended up killing him. The New York Post reports the man allegedly jumped the subway turnstile at the Forest Hills-71st Avenue station in Queens around 6:45am Sunday but...

Sheep Kills Volunteer Alone in Pen on Therapy Farm

Kim Taylor, 73, was apparently rammed repeatedly

(Newser) - A "treasured volunteer" at a Massachusetts therapy farm for children was killed on Saturday by one of the animals kept at the farm. Kim Taylor, 73, was alone in a pen feeding animals at the Bolton farm when a sheep apparently repeatedly rammed into her; the New York Times ...

Rust Gaffer Blames Death On 'Unprofessionalism'

Serge Svetnoy doesn't name names but says armorer was negligent

(Newser) - The chief electrician—the gaffer—on the set of Rust has some strong words about the lack of professionalism that he says led to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins . Echoing other crew members' comments that gun safety wasn’t being taken seriously on the production, Serge Svetnoy wrote a...

Cinematographer Killed on Set Was 'Building a Reputation'

Halyna Hutchins, 42, described as a rising star

(Newser) - The cinematographer tragically killed Thursday when Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of the movie Rust was about to get her big break, according to friends. Halyna Hutchins, named one of American Cinematographer's Rising Stars of 2019 , was shot around 1:50pm local time while working...

Police Investigating Deadly Wood Chipper Accident

Michigan man's jacket apparently got caught on branch

(Newser) - A Michigan man died in a horrific workplace accident this week when he was pulled into a wood chipper, authorities say. The 48-year-old man, part of a crew working at a private residence in West Bloomfield, was apparently pulled into the machine after his jacket got caught on a branch,...

Car Driving Under Hot Air Balloon Hit by Falling Man

Yogev Cohen worked for the balloon operator

(Newser) - "People are in shock. This is a very difficult event." So says Israeli law enforcement about an accident near Afula Tuesday in which a man fell to his death from a hot air balloon. The Jerusalem Post reports a crew member who was supposed to remain on the...

Mother, Toddler Son Fall to Deaths at Baseball Park

The two were pronounced dead shortly before the Padres-Braves game Saturday

(Newser) - A woman and her toddler son fell to their deaths at the Padres stadium in San Diego Saturday. Horrified onlookers saw the 2-year-old boy fall first and his mother fall while trying to catch him. The two fell from a third-level concourse at a concessions area, about six stories above...

Cops: Man's Sister, Mother Died After He Choked to Death

Missouri women were unable to access food, water after Roger Wilfong died

(Newser) - In July, a person in Glenaire, Mo., told authorities he hadn't seen his neighbors in a while—but by then, it was far too late to save them. Deputies who forced their way into the home on July 21 found the bodies of Roger Wilfong, 66; his sister, 67-year-old...

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