Police: 1 dead, 1 hurt in Indiana fireworks explosion

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Police say a fireworks explosion that killed a man and severely injured another man in northwestern Indiana appears to be accidental.

Posted: Jul. 9, 2018 9:44 AM

HEBRON, Ind. (AP) — Police say a fireworks explosion that killed a man and severely injured another man in northwestern Indiana appears to be accidental.

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Hebron Police Chief Joshua Noel tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times that preliminary findings in Saturday night's death of 37-year-old Scott McKee suggest it was a "tragic accident." The Porter County coroner says McKee died of blunt force trauma. Toxicology tests were pending.

Authorities say McKee was placing a mortar into a tube outside a home in Hebron when it exploded prematurely and struck him in the head. Another man standing nearby was severely injured. Noel says the injured man was airlifted to a Chicago hospital for treatment.

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