INDIANA — A 25-year-old man died last night after an accident involving fireworks blowing up prematurely.
Michael Osborne of Salem, Indiana, was pronounced dead shortly before midnight at Methodist Hospital, according to the Henderson County Coroner’s Office.
“I haven’t ever heard of anything like this happening here,” said the coroner, Bruce Farmer.
According to the police report, Osborne was standing over the fireworks preparing to light them off when one them exploded prematurely, hitting him square in the chest. Thus, the preliminary cause of death is being recorded as blunt force trauma.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2013, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,400 people for fireworks related injuries; 55 percent of 2014 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 38 percent were to the head. The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 0-4, followed by children 10-14.
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