- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

HAWTHORNE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida man trying to launch mortar-type fireworks through a PVC pipe lodged in the ground was killed when the pipe exploded.

The Gainesville Sun (https://goo.gl/TfkBSU ) reports that 42-year-old Darren Lotow’s wife called 911 Monday night, saying she couldn’t reach her husband.

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies and fire rescue workers responded to the nearby pasture, where Lotow’s wife said he had been trying to set off fireworks for the Fourth of July.

Authorities say Lotow was flown to a Gainesville hospital, where he died.

His death remains under investigation.

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Information from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, https://www.gainesvillesun.com

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