Suburban Chicago Fireworks Explosion Kills Man

JOHNSBURG, Ill. (AP) ― Authorities say a 31-year-old man has died after an explosion at a personal New Year’s Eve fireworks display in the far northwestern Chicago suburb of Johnsburg.

Johnsburg police chief Keith Von Allmen says emergency responders arrived minutes after midnight on New Year’s Day and pronounced Robert Freund dead. Freund was using mortar fireworks that Von Allmen says are lit by a fuse.

Von Allmen says a witness heard the explosion and saw Freund laying the front yard. He says no one saw the actual explosion.

McHenry County deputy coroner Robert Locke says the blast caused substantial head and chest trauma. The Cook County Bomb Squad is investigating the incident.

Johnsburg is about 50 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.

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  • Tracey

    Exactly why these should stay illegal!! Only professional should be able to light these off, more should be done to stop people from bringing them into states where they are illegal. His wife and kids are lucky they weren’nt injured or killed also.

  • Morgan Leonard

    The man found dead was my cousin the one killed by the fireworks.
    Stupid fireworks :(

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