FORTWORTH, Texas (AP) — A 19-year old man died in North Central Texas Thursday after a firework exploded into his chest and arm.
Maneno Juma died of blunt force trauma at a Fort Worth hospital around 10 p.m. local time according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s records.
Firefighters found the severely burned teenager in a residential area of southeast Fort Worth, fire spokesman Michael Drivdahl said.
Arson investigators are trying to determine what happened. There is no indication the accident happened during a professional fireworks display.
Fire crews responded to more than 450 911 calls regarding arson, burns and fires— which is 45% more than a typical day.
City fire officials received over 2,000 calls about fireworks from 7 p.m. Thursday, July 4th to 2 a.m. Friday, July 5th.