Antonio Ortiz, of Newark, was pronounced dead at 1:07 a.m. on Sunday, after suffering internal injuries and burnt fingers related to the fireworks mishap, according to Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose.
A 23-year-old man died from injuries sustained when an M-80 went off in Newark's Ironbound section early Sunday. Photo Credit: Google More Articles Police & Fire VIDEO: Witness Recalls Young Water Skier's Drowning On Lake H… Bergen SWAT Standoff Ends After Drunken Suicidal Man Fires Sh… Let's Go, Mets: Bergen Prosecutors Want To Give Lodi Boy, 6, … comment 0 Read / Add Comments A 23-year-old man died at University Hospital in Newark early Sunday from injuries caused by fireworks*, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department said.
The accident happened on the 200 block of South Street, after which Ortiz was taken to University Hospital.
Ambrose said police are investigating the accident, as the type of fireworks used are unknown, as is the official cause of death.
Some small fireworks are legal to use but larger ones that shoot higher than 12 feet or produce explosions are outlawed in the state.
Anyone with information on the incident has been asked to call the Departments 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-695-8477 or 1-877-695-4867.
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It happened at 168 Pacific St. Sources tell News 12 the 23-year-old man was holding the fireworks close to his chest when it blew up in his hand and caused internal injuries.
Explosive devices commonly referred to as M-80s; M-100s, M-250s; M-1000s, and cherry bombs are illegal in the U.S., as they \”exceed the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissions explosive weight limits for consumer fireworks\” according to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
Reports indicate it was an M-80, a powerful firework designed by the military to simulate explosives and gun fire.
While the sale and use of non-aerial fireworks such as hand-held sparklers, ground-based sparklers, and novelty fireworks like poppers and snappers are now legal in New Jersey, large fireworks, namely any fuse lit or aerial explosive, still are strictly prohibited in the state.