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Old 07-06-2015, 11:54 AM   #1
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Unhappy Gaston actor blew off head in fireworks accident!

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/p...-dies-32231780

A 22-year-old man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, killing him instantly, authorities said Sunday.

Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in the backyard of a friend's home in eastern Maine, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.

Staples, 22, of Calais, a small city on the Canadian border, placed a reloadable fireworks mortar tube on his head and told his friends he was going to light it, McCausland said. But his friends urged him to stop.

"Apparently, he thought that was a great idea," McCausland said. "His friends they thought dissuaded him from doing it, and the next thing they knew, he ignited the fireworks and he was killed instantly."

Staples's brother Cody told the Daily News of New York that he was a few feet away when his brother lit the firework and was the first to come to his side after it exploded.

"There was no rushing him to the hospital. There was no Devon left when I got there," said 25-year-old Cody Staples, who called it an accident.

"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," he said.

Staples' death is the first fireworks fatality in Maine since the state legalized fireworks on Jan. 1, 2012, authorities said.

Lawmakers had voted to repeal a 1949 law banning fireworks, reasoning the industry would create jobs and generate revenue.

State fire marshals were also investigating several other Fourth of July fireworks accidents involving injuries in Friendship, Jefferson, Lebanon and Woodstock. They said most of the accidents involved burns and eye injuries.

In Montana on Saturday, a 32-year-old man was killed at a Billings home in a fireworks accident involving a mortar tube.

And in New Jersey, a 52-year-old man blew off a large piece of his left leg below the knee when he set off a tennis-ball sized firework in Leonia.

 
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:00 PM   #2
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i posted this in the chat thread yesterday under the title another moron dies doing something completely stupid.

in the article i linked they said he was pretending to light it. Not in this one i see. They had just said that to save some of his dignity.

 
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:02 PM   #3
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it's pretty horrible...especially, "There was no rushing him to the hospital. There was no Devon left when I got there," said 25-year-old Cody Staples, who called it an accident.

 
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:03 PM   #4
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What dignity could he possibly have left?

 
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:04 PM   #5
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I'm interested to know what type of firework it was

 
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:46 PM   #6
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hopefully the firework was made in China

 
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Old 07-06-2015, 01:18 PM   #7
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Apparently he thought it was a good idea.

 
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Old 07-06-2015, 01:21 PM   #8
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weird this was right after that batshit fireworks safety PSA

 
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Old 07-06-2015, 01:26 PM   #9
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shouldnt the title read like dude setting off mortars atop his head in hell?

there are rules. they should be followed.

 
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Old 07-06-2015, 02:05 PM   #10
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Gaston failing to kill the beast with mortars in hell

 
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Old 07-06-2015, 07:48 PM   #11
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"There was no rushing him to the hospital. There was no Devon left when I got there," said 25-year-old Cody Staples
So he was incinerated?


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In Montana on Saturday, a 32-year-old man was killed at a Billings home in a fireworks accident involving a mortar tube.
Montanans shouldn't be allowed to operate fireworks.

More darwin awards

A man says "Fuck alligators" jumps into water full of alligators and is killed by alligator.
http://ww2.hdnux.com/photos/37/37/42.../3/628x471.jpg



 
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Old 07-06-2015, 07:53 PM   #12
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Yeah, it's not heartbreaking.

 
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Old 07-06-2015, 07:58 PM   #13
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Did the morter backfire or was it the shockwave of it going through his skull? The article didn't say. The ones I'm thinking of are powerful but not really "blow your head off" powerful.
Yeah same here. I've only really seen "severe burn, no more hair" fireworks in most people's possession unless they're professionals.

 
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:05 PM   #14
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oh my god i posted both of these in the chat thread some days back (the alligator thing too) dont you peopel read me...................








dont answer that

 
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:17 AM   #15
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I'm sorry I missed it.. there's a lot of threads I don't follow, mainly because I don't have time between work and the kid. I even start threads and never go back to them sometimes

 
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alligators are pretty deceptive... they're like 10x faster and agile than they look

guy is still 'tarded though

 
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:28 AM   #17
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I love how in that video.. while the woman is talking about what happened, the camera keeps panning over to this alligator just resting in the water, kind of looking up at her.. thinking, lady you're next!

 
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These people might have been humanitarians or Nobel laureates, alas, sometimes God takes good people away from us without reason

 
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I'm interested to know what type of firework it was
it was obviously a big ass mortar, aka A FUCKING BOMB. Sir Issac Newton is a deadly sombitch

 
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