A young man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, fatally injuring himself, 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 the small eastern Maine city of Calais, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety. Staples, 22, of Calais, placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off, he said.
The firework exploded, killing Staples instantly, McCausland said.
His death is the first fireworks fatality in Maine since the state legalized fireworks on Jan. 1, 2012, authorities said.
Calais is on the Canadian border near New Brunswick.
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. McCausland said further details were expected to be released later Sunday.
In 2011, lawmakers voted to repeal a 1949 law banning fireworks, reasoning the industry would create jobs and generate additional revenue.
Sometimes we are our own worst enemies…….
The family of a man killed by an errant police bullet during a bloody domestic altercation filed a $25 million lawsuit against the New York Police Department on Tuesday. Rafael Laureano, 51, was put in harm’s way by the police in a serious breach of protocol, the lawsuit alleges.
Officers asked Laureano, a bodybuilder, to break down a door so they could get into an apartment to stop an attack by a crazed knife-wielding ex-boyfriend. Francisco Carvajal was attempting to cut through a bathroom door with knives to attack Katarzyna Russo and her two children. Laureano was a friend of Russo.
Instead of using a battering ram, or their Emergency Service Unit, or their own bodies, the officers had Laureano, who had no bulletproof vest, no gun, and no support, do the dangerous job of breaching a door with an unpredictable situation waiting inside. After Laureano got through, Carvajal rushed at the newcomers with his knives, prompting the officers to open fire.
18 bullets were fired, nine of which struck Carvajal and killed him. One bullet hit Laureano in the back, and an autopsy confirmed that this bullet is what killed him.
Strangely, the hospital and the police informed Laureano’s son, Rafael Laureano, Jr., that his father had been stabbed “multiple times” to death.
“When I got to scene I asked three cops what happened to my father, no one wanted to tell me anything,” said Laureano, Jr.
However, a few days later the city medical examiners found that Laureano had not been stabbed, but was shot by the NYPD.
Did the officers and hospital staff try to prevent Laureano’s son from knowing the truth?
“The NYPD and the city has yet to provide the Laureano family with the truth of what led to [their father’s] death,” said Abe George, the lawyer for Laureano’s son.
NYPD officials claim that the officers forced open the door and then Laureano ran into the apartment.
We need to follow this one I am not sure what the truth is here.
Tagong, Kham, Tibet, 2008. A Tibetan girl dressed in
traditional clothes for a horse festival.
“The studies showed the eye was healthy,” Jaime Zaldívar, the IMSS health service’s Highly Specialized Medical Units chief, told Imagen Radio on Friday.
His remarks contradicted the initial statement by the IMSS’s Sonora branch, which said the preliminary investigation showed “the child (Fernando Jonathan Valdes) had advanced congenital cancer that was affecting both of his eyes.”
Doctors detected a tumor in the boy’s left eye when he was eight months old, his father, Fernando Valdes, said early this week, adding that he subsequently was administered chemotherapy at an IMSS facility in Sonora.
When the treatment was ineffectual, the infant underwent an operation on June 26 in which the surgeon removed his right eye after supposedly detecting “a more dangerous tumor” than the one in his left eye.
Valdes said the surgeon called his wife to the operating room three times with different information before finally telling her he had removed the right eye, even though previous tests had revealed the presence of a tumor in the left one.
“The surgeon should face a criminal investigation,” Zaldívar said Friday.
“The boy’s other eye, which has cancer, needs to be removed,” he said, adding that the disease “not only compromises the boy’s vision” but also is life-threatening.
But the infant’s mother, Marlene Ayala, told the same radio station Friday that the family is “considering other treatment options.”
She said the IMSS did not send her the report that confirmed the medical malpractice, adding that the health service “offered an apology, but an apology isn’t going to give my son his sight back.”
Ayala and her husband have filed a criminal complaint against the operating ophthalmologist, who has been suspended.
Someone not thorough enough down south of the border.
The album peaked at No. 29 on the US Billboard 200 chart and the single “Close My Eyes Forever” peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is also featured on the video game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore.