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Police identify victim of north Fargo fireworks accident
In-forum ^ | July 05, 2011 | Heidi Shaffer

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 Fargo’s Riviera Heights mobile home park when the accident happened as tornado sirens sounded just before 9:30 p.m.

Burley, Hanson’s 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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Blowed his 'head clear off...
1 posted on 07/05/2011 5:14:55 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Last Dakotan

You’ll put your eye out.


2 posted on 07/05/2011 5:17:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Last Dakotan

He should have quit while he was a head.


3 posted on 07/05/2011 5:17:48 PM PDT by festusbanjo (When they stop listening to us at the ballot box, it's time for the ammo box.)
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To: Last Dakotan

Muslim bottle rocket.


4 posted on 07/05/2011 5:18:39 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Last Dakotan

5 posted on 07/05/2011 5:22:39 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Last Dakotan

“The accident should be used as an example of how dangerous fireworks can be, Hanson said.

“I’m 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.


6 posted on 07/05/2011 5:26:05 PM PDT by CapnJack
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To: CapnJack

It’s still early, but this guy’s my candidate for the 2011 Darwin Award.

Will someone second the nomination?


7 posted on 07/05/2011 5:41:59 PM PDT by pingman (Durn tootin'; I like Glock shootin'!)
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To: Last Dakotan

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.


8 posted on 07/05/2011 5:44:01 PM PDT by baa39 (We're losing hope; keep the change.)
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To: festusbanjo

Then he would have been ahead of the game!


9 posted on 07/05/2011 5:46:17 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Last Dakotan
The victim’s injuries included massive head wounds from what appeared to be caused by a mortar type firework, police said.

Understatement of the year award.

10 posted on 07/05/2011 5:46:23 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: Last Dakotan
There is little to say when someone kills themself from sheer stupidity. I try not to laugh for almost everyone has people who will miss them, and besides I might come up with a even dumber way to go. I just hope it doesn't involve blowing my head clean off...yikes.
11 posted on 07/05/2011 5:46:56 PM PDT by dog breath
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To: Last Dakotan

Must have been a 44 magnum shell


12 posted on 07/05/2011 5:47:33 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (From her lips to the voters' ears: Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "We own the economy" June 15, 2011)
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To: Last Dakotan
High powered fireworks and firecrackers should be handled by professionals only. The firecrackers I saw as a kid were about 1/2 the size of a cigarette or even a little smaller. The ones out there today are much more powerful. A guy I went to high school with lost one of his fingers mishandling one of these firecrackers. He was definitely NOT a professional.

It's always struck me that those people who set off these firecrackers are juvenile. If you are over 12-14 and are still messing around with this stuff, you've got some problems. Fireworks at a show handled by professionals is one thing, but just noise makers are dangerous and childish.
13 posted on 07/05/2011 5:48:23 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: Last Dakotan

‘Hey y’all, watch this!!!’


14 posted on 07/05/2011 5:51:26 PM PDT by Spirit of Liberty
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To: pingman

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?


15 posted on 07/05/2011 5:54:09 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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To: Spirit of Liberty
"Hey y’all, watch this!!!"

Hold ma beer!

16 posted on 07/05/2011 5:54:20 PM PDT by Natural Law (For God so loved the world He did not send a book.)
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To: baa39

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.


17 posted on 07/05/2011 5:59:14 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: MediaMole

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.


18 posted on 07/05/2011 6:03:41 PM PDT by baa39 (We're losing hope; keep the change.)
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To: lightman

We need a sub-category for best Fruedenshade.


19 posted on 07/05/2011 6:04:21 PM PDT by pingman (Durn tootin'; I like Glock shootin'!)
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To: pingman

I’ll second that.


20 posted on 07/05/2011 6:06:15 PM PDT by CapnJack
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To: Last Dakotan

“Do not look down tube”
“Light fuse, Get away”


21 posted on 07/05/2011 6:10:10 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Last Dakotan



22 posted on 07/05/2011 6:14:40 PM PDT by familyop (Rome was burned in a day--twice.)
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To: Last Dakotan



23 posted on 07/05/2011 6:15:48 PM PDT by familyop (Rome was burned in a day--twice.)
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To: truthguy

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.


24 posted on 07/05/2011 6:18:30 PM PDT by tickmeister (tickmeister)
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To: truthguy

“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.


25 posted on 07/05/2011 6:25:02 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: MediaMole

“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.”

Ouch!


26 posted on 07/05/2011 6:26:51 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: tickmeister

“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.”

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.


27 posted on 07/05/2011 6:29:05 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Last Dakotan

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.


28 posted on 07/05/2011 6:30:51 PM PDT by mike-zed
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To: Last Dakotan
"Cradled in the palm of the hand... the five-incher - a hard, cool, rocklike cylinder of sinister jade green topped by a vicious red fuse - was a thing of cruel beauty. And that was only a five-incher. Fireworks in those days came in even more lethal and exotic varieties. None, however, was more potent, more awesome, than the ne plus ultra of the fireworks world - the Dago bomb. (This was never construed as an anti-Italian name, by the way, being more pro than anything else.) A thing of exquisite symmetry, it came in four sizes: the five-inch, the eight-inch, the ten-inch and the sure death. In more effete circles it was known as an ''aerial bomb",- but among real fireworks fans it was most often known as "the Dago heister." It actually, looked like those giant nonexistent firecrackers that occasionally show up in cartoons - a red, white and blue tube with a wooden base stained dark green, and a long red fuse.

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

29 posted on 07/05/2011 6:36:45 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: festusbanjo

Beer, hold my head...


30 posted on 07/05/2011 6:41:07 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Last Dakotan
He wins the hat pin...


31 posted on 07/05/2011 6:41:35 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: mike-zed

True on all accounts, but there isn’t anything more american than blowing crap up, especially on the 4th of July.


32 posted on 07/05/2011 6:44:40 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: truthguy
If you are over 12-14 and are still messing around with this stuff, you've got some problems.

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.

33 posted on 07/05/2011 6:46:06 PM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: mylife

34 posted on 07/05/2011 7:01:50 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Rebelbase

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...?


35 posted on 07/05/2011 7:07:41 PM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: truthguy; Last Dakotan
Anyone with a brain should be able to handle firecrackers and other fireworks(actual fireworks not artillery rounds)without blowing one's self up or setting fire to the forest or surrounding area. Unfortunately lots of people are stupid.

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.

36 posted on 07/05/2011 7:09:38 PM PDT by calex59
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To: truthguy
"... noise makers are dangerous and childish."

Oh Yeah? Well I'm rubber, you're glue - what you say bounces off me and sticks to you!

37 posted on 07/05/2011 7:11:06 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Last Dakotan

"I didn't put that much powder in it" "You didn't?,
you mean I didn't?"

38 posted on 07/05/2011 7:11:24 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Last Dakotan

To his family,sorry for your loss.
The obvious:”heads will roll”over this incident.


39 posted on 07/05/2011 7:14:06 PM PDT by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: Last Dakotan


40 posted on 07/05/2011 7:38:13 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Last Dakotan

41 posted on 07/05/2011 7:38:45 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...R.I.P.)
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To: Charles Martel

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.


42 posted on 07/05/2011 7:45:49 PM PDT by 21twelve (Obama Recreating the New Deal: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts)
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To: Last Dakotan
...illegal artillery shell firework.

[snif] I just love that stuff...

43 posted on 07/05/2011 7:58:45 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: pingman

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.


44 posted on 07/05/2011 8:29:56 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: 21twelve
Yes, that's the same writer - A Christmas Story came from one chapter of the same book, "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash". Use the FR search function to find the entire "Dago Bomb" article, posted on July 4th a year or two ago. If you enjoyed the excerpt, the rest of the piece is well worth your time.

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.

45 posted on 07/05/2011 8:33:16 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: 21twelve
Let me try that link again...

The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters

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.

46 posted on 07/05/2011 8:40:17 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: pingman
It’s still early, but this guy’s my candidate for the 2011 Darwin Award.

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.

47 posted on 07/05/2011 8:53:03 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: Rebelbase

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.


48 posted on 07/05/2011 9:26:53 PM PDT by tickmeister (tickmeister)
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To: Charles Martel

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.


49 posted on 07/05/2011 10:13:23 PM PDT by 21twelve (Obama Recreating the New Deal: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts)
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To: Last Dakotan

Burley’s family remembered Jesse as a good-hearted kid, who would do anything for anybody, said Asplin, his stepfather and boss at Chuck’s 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 Burley’s 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.

http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/208805/


50 posted on 07/05/2011 10:25:46 PM PDT by kcvl
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