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Man dies while handling fireworks – NBC Chicago

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.

In a tweet posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, the Chicago Fire Department said the man died from “delayed ignition of a mortar device,” which caused “massive trauma.”

CFD said it was one of many incidents involving the use of fireworks.

“CFD responded to many fires overnight in Chicago,” the tweet said. “Almost all were started with the use of fireworks.”

At least 13 of those fires were confirmed to be fireworks-related, CFD said.

Lake County officials also reported that at least two recent residential fires were likely caused by fireworks.

“The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reminds the community that most fireworks in Illinois are not legal,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. “Every year, deputies respond to calls where people have been seriously injured or where structures have burned due to the illegal use of fireworks.”

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.