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Man dies while handling fireworks – NBC Chicago

Man dies while handling fireworks – NBC Chicago

A death investigation is underway in Chicago after a man died while handling fireworks on the Fourth of July.

The incident took place at 10 p.m. in the 3000 block of North Kostner Avenue, Chicago police said.

According to authorities, a 34-year-old man suffered trauma to the body while handling a firework. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Detectives were investigating and no further details were provided.

Illinois is one of three states that ban some or all consumer fireworks, although they can be purchased in neighboring states such as Indiana and Iowa. Under the Pyrotechnic Use Act, which was signed into law in 1942, the purchase, sale and possession of “consumer fireworks” are prohibited statewide.

However, Illinois residents can legally possess items labeled as “novelty items,” such as sparklers, under state law.

However, municipalities can implement an ordinance banning such items. For example, in the city of Chicago, all fireworks, including sparklers, are illegal.

According to the State Fire Marshal, consumer fireworks displays are only permitted at locations that have approved measures to permit them. In order to conduct a properly approved consumer fireworks display, a resident must receive training from the local fire department, undergo a site inspection, and apply for a permit through a local government agency.

Although consumer fireworks are available to those who complete the process, the State Fire Marshal strongly recommends that residents experience displays performed by professionals.

“Fireworks are never safe and all we can do is mitigate the potential danger,” the agency said.