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Texas Man Dies After Lighting Firework On Chest

Lots of Darwin awards being handed out this past week. We have our second reported death by fireworks incident.


Police say a Texas mailman died this week after lighting a firework on his chest while partying with friends.

Justin Bartek, 30, from Columbus, Texas and some friends were shooting off fireworks around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Dollar Hole, a popular fishing spot on the Colorado River.

Bartek said to friends, “I dare myself to shoot this (firework) off my chest.”

“Go for it, I guess,” a friend reportedly said.

Witnesses told investigators that Bartek ignited a tube-type firework called the Medieval Knight on his chest and then suffered critical injuries, according to KTRK. He shortly thereafter at a local hospital.

Bartek left behind a girlfriend of 10 years and a 3-year-old son.

A GoFundMe campaign has been setup by friends and family to cover Bartek’s funeral expenses.

Bartek’s friend said she will really miss seeing his smiling face as he worked his mail-route.

“He was the light of many people’s lives and the world to the people that knew him, and he would give the world to any that asked,” Jackson said. “But I wish he wouldn’t have lit that firework off his chest.”

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