A 33-year-old man from Northwest Washington died after he held ignited Independence Day fireworks over his head, according to fire officials.
The D.C fire department received a call on Friday at 11pm for a report of a man who had been severely injured by fireworks on Jefferson Street NW, in the Brightwood Park neighborhood.
According to the initial investigation, the man was “holding a commercially made mortar firework above his head when the base of the firework ejected downward after being ignited.” Also Read– US arrests British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell
The man suffered injuries to his upper body and head after which he was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead, according to D.C police.
The victim was identified as Jose Tony Alvarez Umanzor.
D.C fire officials identified the fireworks as illegal in the District and advised the public on twitter to “leave the fireworks to the professionals. Stay safe.”
The death of Umanzor is the second tragic incident related to fireworks in a span of a week in the city.
A 9-year-old boy lost a finger after playing around with fireworks he and his siblings found in their apartment. Police said on Wednesday the incident was “something he will have to live with the rest of his life.”
The siblings were left home alone at a home on Third Street SE, in the Bellevue neighborhood. After investigations, an adult is charged with first-degree cruelty to children in the accident.
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City officials have launched a program involving representatives from the fire department, police and mayor’s office to educate people about fireworks safety.