Man Dies in Waldorf After Firework He Was Holding Explodes

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A man in Charles County died on July 6th, 2023, after a firework he was holding exploded. The incident happened at Bannister Circle in Waldorf. Officials said friends had gathered to set fireworks behind a home when the accident occurred.

The victim, identified as a 35-year-old man, was holding a firework when it exploded, causing severe injuries. Emergency services were called to the scene, but the man was pronounced dead.

“Unfortunately, this is a tragic reminder of the dangers of fireworks,” said a Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. “We urge everyone to exercise caution when handling fireworks and to follow all safety guidelines.”

Firework Safety

Firework-related accidents are not uncommon, particularly around the Fourth of July holiday. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an estimated 10,000 fireworks-related injuries in the United States in 2022. Of those, 66% occurred in the month surrounding the Fourth of July.

To prevent firework-related accidents, the National Safety Council recommends the following safety tips:

  • Always follow the instructions on the fireworks packaging.
  • Only use fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby in case of a fire.
  • Never hold a firework in your hand or point it at another person.
  • Do not attempt to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks.

By following these safety tips, individuals can help prevent firework-related accidents and keep themselves and others safe during holiday celebrations.

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