Police: Man Shoots off Firework From Top of His Head, Dies CALAIS, Maine — Jul 5, 2015, 11:01 AM ET
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. ___________________________________________
Dumbass. I know it's tragic that a man is dead. I bet his last words were "Hold my beer". The lesson here, kids? Alcohol and explosives do not mix.