*Taken from Winnipeg Free Press.
A North Dakota man was decapitated Monday in a fireworks accident while celebrating the Fourth of July in Fargo, according to eyewitnesses at the scene.
Police identified the victim as Jesse William Burley, a 41-year-old father of two, who enjoyed life to its fullest, said Burley’s stepfather Chuck Asplin of Fargo.
Chris Hanson, Burley’s neighbor who saw the accident, was packing up his car to leave north Fargo’s Riviera Heights mobile home park as tornado sirens sounded just before 9:30 p.m.
Burley was getting ready to set off a second round of what Hanson said he believed 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 immediately sent him into shock, he said.
“When I walked up to his body, it was nothing but his shoulders down,” Hanson said Tuesday.