I realize that alcohol was a factor here, but I cannot in good faith and conscience place the blame squarely on its shoulders this time. For while it does indeed make some people do some very stupid things, I refuse to believe that booze and booze alone would make it seem a good idea to light fireworks off of your head. There’s either more to this story that hasn’t come out yet or the inner idiot that alcohol brings out in some folks was an outie in this guy’s case and the sauce did him a quick, painless favour instead of prolonging the inevitable.
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 spokesperson 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.