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Man dies from explosion while trying to make own fireworks, authorities say

Published: Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 5:11 a.m. MDT

In this Friday, June, 28, 2013, photo, Pyro City employee Zach Gushing carries a jumbo box of aerial and ground fireworks at the retail store, in Winslow, Maine. Sales at Maine’s fireworks stores have far surpassed initial projections when fireworks became legal last year for the first time in 63 years. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) (Robert F. Bukaty, AP) In this Friday, June, 28, 2013, photo, Pyro City employee Zach Gushing carries a jumbo box of aerial and ground fireworks at the retail store, in Winslow, Maine. Sales at Maine’s fireworks stores have far surpassed initial projections when fireworks became legal last year for the first time in 63 years. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) (Robert F. Bukaty, AP)

An explosion in a trailer Sunday left a Virginia man dead; authorities believe he was trying to manufacture his own fireworks at the time of the blast for an annual Fourth of July party.

CBS 6 reports that authorities found Kelly Leplante lying in the debris with life-threatening injuries after the explosion. He was taken to the medical center at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he later died.

The explosion occurred just after 10 a.m. in Dinwiddie County, Va. First responders found the trailer with heavy explosive damage on one side.

“There was a large quantity of fireworks in that trailer; it looks like the subject was trying to make some of his own fireworks,” Dennis Hale, chief of fire and EMS in Dinwiddie County, told CBS 6.

"Leplante’s wife and daughter were not injured as they were in the family home at the time of the explosion. The family home sits on the same property near the trailer," according to CBS 6.

In this  Friday, June, 28, 2013, photo, fireworks fill the shelves at a Pyro City retail store, in Winslow, Maine. Sales at Maine’s fireworks stores have far surpassed initial projections when fireworks became legal last year for the first time in 63 years. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) (Robert F. Bukaty, AP) In this Friday, June, 28, 2013, photo, fireworks fill the shelves at a Pyro City retail store, in Winslow, Maine. Sales at Maine’s fireworks stores have far surpassed initial projections when fireworks became legal last year for the first time in 63 years. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) (Robert F. Bukaty, AP)

Editor's Note: The original version of this story posted on July 1, 2013, failed to properly attribute all source materials, which violates our editorial policies. The story was revised on Oct. 8, 2013, to attribute original source material.

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