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Officials investigating firework-related death

KCSO: fireworks used in an unsafe manner
Posted at 12:13 PM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 01:52:56-04

KERN COUNTY, Calif. — UPDATE at 2:48 p.m.

A search warrant obtained by 23ABC says witnesses are describing 45-year-old David Michael Adams' death as a suicide.

According to the documents, witnesses say Adams was seen lighting the fireworks then holding it up in his hands and heard an explosion from the mortar tube then saw Adams stumble to the house where he collapsed. Medical aid provided treatment for several minutes, but Adams died at the scene.

23ABC spoke to family friends and neighbors who say they were there Friday night when the incident happened. Contrary to witness reports stated in the documents they describe it as an accident.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office is investigating a firework-related death that occurred on Friday, June 7.

At 9:52 p.m., the Kern County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a person with critical injuries caused by a firework on 400 block of Ray Street. The man was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Bomb Squad Unit responded and is investigating. Investigators say the subject was using illegal fireworks in an unsafe manner which caused a detonation, resulting in the man’s fatal injury.

The Coroner’s Office identified the man as 45-year-old David Michael Adams.

Anyone with information can call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or the Secret Witness Line at 661-322-4040.

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