A 22-year old man in Calais, Eastern Maine was killed instantly on Saturday after launching fireworks off the top of his head in the spirit of Independence Day.
Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking that night in the garden of one of his friends’ home when, against advice, he decided to place fireworks on his head and ignite them. And there was no saving him when the fireworks went off.
‘There was no rushing him to the hospital. There was no Devon left when I got there,’ his 25-year old brother Cody, who was the first to rush over to his side after the explosion, told New York Daily News. ‘Devon was not the kind of person who would do something stupid. He was the kind of person who would pretend to do something stupid to make people laugh.’
Staples’ death is the first fireworks-related fatality in Maine after the state overturned a 1949 law banning the use of fireworks in 2012.