Alcohol and fireworks, not a good idea

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  1. HotRodSteve

    HotRodSteve Friend of Leo's

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    CALAIS, Maine —A young man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, fatally injuring himself, authorities said Sunday.

    Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in the backyard of a friend’s home in the small eastern Maine city of Calais, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety. Staples, 22, of Calais, placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off, he said.

    The firework exploded, killing Staples instantly, McCausland said.

    His death is the first fireworks fatality in Maine since the state legalized fireworks on Jan. 1, 2012, authorities said.

    Calais is on the Canadian border near New Brunswick.

    State fire marshals were also investigating several other Fourth of July fireworks accidents involving injuries in Friendship, Jefferson, Lebanon and Woodstock. They said most of the accidents involved burns and eye injuries. McCausland said further details were expected to be released later Sunday.

    In 2011, lawmakers voted to repeal a 1949 law banning fireworks, reasoning the industry would create jobs and generate additional revenue.

    http://nypost.com/2015/07/05/man-dies-instantly-after-launching-firework-off-head/
     
  2. ADinNYC

    ADinNYC Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I did some stupid things in my youth but nothing close to this. He def. wasn't using his head and....he lost it.
     
  3. HotRodSteve

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    Off the top of my head I've never done anything that stupid either.
     
  4. LutherBurger

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    Don't blame the alcohol.

    EDIT: ...or the fireworks.
     
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    If only he had put the fireworks on top of the beer can on top of his head.
     
  6. HotRodSteve

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    The undertaker would still be trying to remove the can from the hole where his head used to be. Something tells me this was one God-awful messy way to go.
     
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    Wow. I wonder how big the mortar was.
     
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    I'm trying to figure out the importance of this sentence. Did his head fly off and land in New Brunswick?
     
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    Mainers.
     
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    He gives idiots a bad name.
     
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    Few years ago a drunk 20-something laid in the middle of the street and was lighting small roman candle mortars off his belly. Yelled at him to get the eff out of the street and stop it, he ran and got in my face "You want SUM?" I just walked away and told him to resume the show (let Darwin decide, but he survived -- that night).

    Late last night I was taking trash out to my nearby complex dumpster and saw smoke coming out of one. Someone had put an assortment of just-fired illegal fireworks into it, in a box, still smoldering, with increasing smoke. Took it out, put it on the ground, and poured a couple buckets of water over it.

    No shortage of fools in this World...
     
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  12. nasonm

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    I live a few short hours away from Calais. It's a sad story for certain.
     
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    I read an article where the brother said that there was no calling for help, there was not much left of him.
     
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    Stupid.
    He obviously did not read the instructions before using.

    I feel sorry for his Family and Friends.
    Being there when it happened must have been as bad as it can get.
     
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    Which instruction page states "Do not put on top of your head when lighting fuse."?
     
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    Here's a new detail: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/os-disney-gaston-performer-killed-firework-20150706-story.html

    That confirms what I'd suspected, although I doubt the propellant charge was capable of firing the projectile "into his skull". More likely, the subsequent explosive charge did the damage.
     
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    That was the problem. He was using his head. :eek:
     
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    At least he wasn't drinking and driving . . . that would really have been stupid .
     
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    Ouch! That must have hurt. I use to hold a single firecracker between my index finger and thumb and light it up. When it went off there was no pain at all. That was popular in the 70's. Don't do it. Not good advice. But doing it on your head is really not good advice.
     
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