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Coroner: Oildale man's firework-related death ruled an accident

Posted at 4:05 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 19:05:19-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The manner of a Oildale man's firework-related death has been ruled as an accident by the Kern County coroner.

According to officials, 45-year-old David Michael Adams was lighting fireworks in the 400 block of Ray Street when there was an explosion. The coroner says he suffered from a "penetrating aerial mortar wound" and died at the scene.

Court documents obtained by 23ABC, says witnesses described Adams' death as a suicide. Contrary to those witness reports stated in the documents, family and friends of Adams described it as an accident.