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That’s Not Macaroni

Devon Staples, 22, was celebrating Independence Day in Calais, Maine, with his friends, some fireworks, and some alcohol, authorities said, when he came up with the idea of launching a mortar from his head. His friends set out to discourage him and thought they succeeded. But then, with the mortar still on Staples’ head, came the explosion. It immediately earned him a place in history as the first person in the state, since it legalized fireworks in 2012, to die from using them. “Devon was not the kind of person who would do something stupid,” said his brother, Cody, who was a few feet away. “He was the kind of person who would pretend to do something stupid to make people laugh.” Cody Staples said the firework was ignited accidentally. (AC/Bangor Daily News, WMUR Manchester, NY Daily News) ...Sometimes, pretending to do something stupid is doing something stupid.
Original Publication Date: 05 July 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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