A Texas man was killed early Tuesday morning after attempting to launch fireworks from his chest.
Witnesses said Justin Bartek lit a large, reloadable, tube-type firework called the Medieval Knight off his chest and was injured about 1:30 a.m. while fishing with friends at the popular “dollar hole” in Columbus.
The 28-year-old man was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he died.
Bartek worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and had a 3-year-old son with his longtime girlfriend, relatives said.
The sheriff’s office is investigating Bartek’s death as an accident.
A 22-year-old Maine man was killed Saturday in similar fashion while celebrating the Fourth of July.
Devon Staples placed a mortar tube on his head after drinking with friends and was killed instantly when the device exploded.
Two Indiana men were also killed over the holiday weekend in separate incidents involving fireworks, and New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul lost a $60 million contract offer after badly burning his hand in a fireworks mishap.
Another Texas man, 28-year-old Tommie Woodward, was killed early Friday by an alligator after mocking a warning against swimming in a lake near Orange, about 150 miles east of Columbus.
“Fuck that alligator,” Woodward said, according to a witness, before jumping into the water.
He was attacked and killed almost immediately, the woman told police.
Watch this video report posted online by KPRC-TV: