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Texas teen dies after firework explodes in his chest

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Jul 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-06 17:47:20-04

FORTWORTH, Texas (AP) — Officials say a 19-year-old man died in North Central Texas after a firework exploded into his chest and arm.

Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s records show Maneno Juma died of blunt force trauma at a Fort Worth hospital around 10 p.m. Thursday.

Fire spokesman Michael Drivdahl says firefighters found the severely burned teenager in a residential area of southeast Fort Worth.

Arson investigators are trying to determine what happened. There’s no indication the accident happened during a professional fireworks display.

Fire crews responded to more than 450 911 calls regarding arson, burns and fires— which is 45% more than a typical day.

City fire officials received over 2,000 calls about fireworks from 7 p.m. Thursday to 2 a.m. Friday.