Skip to comments.Police identify victim of north Fargo fireworks accident
Posted on 07/05/2011 5:14:52 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
FARGO Police have identified the victim of Monday's fatal fireworks accident as Jesse William Burley, 41.
An eyewitness here says a Fourth of July fireworks accident decapitated the Fargo man Monday night.
Chris Hanson, who lives down the street from the victim, was packing up his car to leave north Fargos Riviera Heights mobile home park when the accident happened as tornado sirens sounded just before 9:30 p.m.
Burley, Hansons neighbor, was getting ready to set off a second round of what Hanson said he believes was either a homemade or illegal artillery shell firework.
He went over into the middle of the street, and within 10 seconds of us talking to him, he lit it and all we saw was a cloud of smoke, a bang, Hanson said.
What Hanson saw next sent him immediately into shock, he said.
When I walked up to his body, it was nothing but his shoulders down, Hanson said this morning.
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You’ll put your eye out.
He should have quit while he was a head.
Muslim bottle rocket.
“The accident should be used as an example of how dangerous fireworks can be, Hanson said.
Im never going to light a firecracker off again in my life, he said.”
What a $%*@ pussy. Fireworks don’t say “return to the US Government immediately”. Obviously this guy got into some military ordinance.
I assume that the guy talking to the reporter will stop driving or riding in cars the next time an accident happens and someone gets killed .. what an idiot!
And, and as for the guy who blew his head off ... yeah, he was an idiot too.
It’s still early, but this guy’s my candidate for the 2011 Darwin Award.
Will someone second the nomination?
Fireworks are illegal in Fargo.
These particular “fireworks” had a warning to call the U.S. Govt if found.
Seems to me the friend who is still alive and did not immediately call the police after seeing these unusual fireworks is culpable in this tragedy, morally if not legally.
Darwin awards all around. Just thank God no kids were in the way.
Then he would have been ahead of the game!
Understatement of the year award.
Must have been a 44 magnum shell
‘Hey y’all, watch this!!!’
Second the nomination.
Independence Day weekend has been good for Darwin candidates....how about that guy in upstate NY riding helmetless in a anti-helmet law protest who flipped over his handlebars?
Hold ma beer!
This one sounds a bit worse than a local incident a couple years ago. Two of our finest citizens decided to celebrate July 4 by firing a parachute flare stolen from the Army.
It landed on the roof of a factory, igniting a fire that burned for three days, doing $50 million damage, but at least no one was killed.
OH my gosh! Amazing no one was killed in or near the factory! Hope the bozos with this brilliant scheme paid dearly for their actions...but this being the USA, I bet they didn’t.
We need a sub-category for best Fruedenshade.
I’ll second that.
“Do not look down tube”
“Light fuse, Get away”
Actually you can’t legally buy a firecracker that will do any real damage today. As a boy, I usually scored a few cherry bombs and M-80’s, the latter of which would definitely remove digits under the right circumstances. Nothing remotely that large available now.
“The ones (Firecrackers) out there today are much more powerful. “
You can’t be talking about the stuff that was available in the 60’s.
“It landed on the roof of a factory, igniting a fire that burned for three days, doing $50 million damage, but at least no one was killed.”
“As a boy, I usually scored a few cherry bombs and M-80s, the latter of which would definitely remove digits under the right circumstances. Nothing remotely that large available now.”
When I was a kid a Black Cat with a fast fuse blew while I was holding it. Split my thumb open from the tip down to the first joint.
I would expect that more people died driving to/from fireworks shows than died from consumer (1.4) fireworks.
However, homemade fireworks are a good way to get blowed up.
Theoretically, this infernal machine was to be lit by an expert hand. It would then explode with the first, or lesser, explosion, which propelled an aerial charge of pure white TNT into the ambient air, theoretically vertical, for several hundred feet, and then - devastation! - not once, but several times, depending on the size of the bomb. It was not cheap, the smallest going for fifty cents and the largest for around three dollars, which in the days of the Depression was truly a capital investment. The mere sight of one of the larger specimens on the shelves of a fireworks stand sent waves of awe and excitement through the sparkler buyers. It was truly the big time."
- Jean Shepherd, Ludlow Kissell and the Dago Bomb that Struck Back
Beer, hold my head...
True on all accounts, but there isn’t anything more american than blowing crap up, especially on the 4th of July.
Nah, just enjoy having fun. Just because you don't enjoy something, doesn't mean there's something wrong with those who do -- unless, of course, you're a liberal.
we had m-80’s in 69-71....quarter sticks of dynamite!
threw ‘em on our homecoming bon-fire....
did I mention that 71 was the last year they allowed the homecoming bonfire...?
The whole point of my comment is this: The story headline is misleading, it is designed to make people react they way you have, that is condemning fireworks. THIS WAS NOT A FIREWORK. It was a piece of ordinance from the military and should have been turned into the proper authorities.
The word fireworks should not even be used in this article, it is simply a liberal hit piece supporting the liberal talking point that people shouldn't have fireworks or firearms either since they are too stupid to use them properly.
This person did not go down to his neighborhood fireworks stand and buy this explosive device even though the headline and most of the article imply that he did.
Oh Yeah? Well I'm rubber, you're glue - what you say bounces off me and sticks to you!
"I didn't put that much powder in it" "You didn't?,
you mean I didn't?"
To his family,sorry for your loss.
The obvious:”heads will roll”over this incident.
Is this the same person that wrote “The Christmas Story” about the Red Ryder BB gun? I can hear the narrator’s voice from the movie in that first line!
Was it an M-80 or “silver salute” that was silver, with a green fuse I believe. They were waterproof, and great for tossing in the pond, and experiments in water-filled soda bottles.
[snif] I just love that stuff...
what about the guy who died in new york riding a motorcycle in a protest parade about the helmet law, protesting helmets, while not wearing a helmet, he hits the brakes, fishtails, and goes over the handlebars...hits his head and dies.
That’s a good candidate for the darwin award too.
Shepherd's chapter on the Independence Day festivities was also made into a low-budget PBS film, titled The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters (YouTube link). Different casting of many of the same characters, but the same narration by the author.
IIRC, the silver salutes had a fuse at the end, rather than sticking out of the midsection like an M-80. Been a *long* time since I last saw one, though. Both had that waterproof green cannon fuse.
I don't think so. The idiot in question was 41 so he 's had plenty of time to spawn a crowd of junior idiots. You get a Darwin award if you kill yourself before you procreate.
My brother tried to throw a cherry bomb out a car window and it fell back between his legs. Blew a hole in his pants, a hole in the seat, and took a little hide off his thigh. A little higher and he would be a soprano.
We all deserve to be dead for our stupidity.
Thanks - I’ll have to look had those links when I have the time. And I guess the ones I’m remembering are the M-80s. And yes - we sure were fortunate to have survived our childhoods with our lives (or at least our digits and both eyes).
I was just telling my kids how often we do stupid stuff without thinking of the consequences. And hopefully all we get is some teasing from our friends or being grounded by our parents.
Burleys family remembered Jesse as a good-hearted kid, who would do anything for anybody, said Asplin, his stepfather and boss at Chucks Sandjacking in Fargo.
Jesse Burley had a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old son who were not at his residence at the time of the accident.
Fargo police recovered a third firework device in Burleys home on Tuesday and a metal pipe near the accident site at the 3500 block of Kelley Street North that was reportedly used as a mortar to launch shells.