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Pyrotechnician struck in head by firework.
Michigan Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation
East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Department of Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, HA#3, 2004 Oct; :1
In 2003, 41-year-old male independent fireworks shooter and the "pyrotechnician in charge" of a fireworks display died when struck in the back of the head by a 4-inch Lampare firework shell that used a 45-second delay fuse and a quick match fuse. The display was set up in a gravel pit that had three "Ievels" with shells placed and lit at each level. The victim used a propane torch to manually light his zone of shells on the lowest level and was found lying in the sand later in the show by an assistant. He did not have a spotter or communication device. Autopsy results showed a blood alcohol level of 0.2464%.
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Pyrotechnician struck in head by firework
Michigan State Department of Labor and Economic Growth
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