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Man dies after shooting firecracker from top of his head

By Mason White 1:30 PM July 6, 2015
Devon Staples 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A man died in a tragic accident while he was playing with fireworks.

22-year-old Devon Staples was drinking with his friends when he launched a firecracker from the top of his head, killing him instantly, police said.

Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks in the backyard of a friend’s home in Maine, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the State Department of Public Safety.

Staples of Calais, placed the firecracker on the top of his head and told his friends he was going to light it, McCausland said.

His friends urged him to stop. “Devon was not the kind of person who would do something stupid. He was the type of person who pretends to do something stupid to make people laugh,” his brother, Cody Staples, 25, said.

Cody said that he was a few feet away when Devon lit the firecracker. Sadly, he died immediately in front of his horrified family and friends.