Maine Man Dies Instantly After Lighting Fireworks Mortar on Top of His Head

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Maine Man Dies Instantly After Lighting Fireworks Mortar on Top of His Head
Calais, ME, July 4, 2015

It’s the province of the young,
mostly, their area of special knowledge

and responsibility, to provide such
cautionary tales

for the rest of us who have grown
too old to die

tragically. Or not. Devon Staples—
22, alcohol, friends, party,

horsing around, yada, yada, yada.
He was a good guy

by all accounts—engaged, professional
dogwalker, former Disney prince

at Disney World, with the Facebook photos
to prove it. A local

fireworks retailer said, People gotta be
careful—there’s a reason

fireworks go boom
. Nothing we don’t
know. Think about that

woman at work, the cleavage and legs,
your wife and child,

then be careful with the match
and what you light

because, God knows, fire works.

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