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SC man killed during July 4th fireworks accident

A Travelers Rest man has died after a firework exploded in his hands on July Fourth.


TRAVELERS REST, S.C. (AP) -- A Travelers Rest man has died after a firework exploded in his hands on July Fourth.


The Greenville County Coroner's Office says 54-year-old Robin Rhodes Smith died on the way to a hospital around 9:45 p.m. Thursday.


Witnesses say Smith had been shooting fireworks in his yard. A mortar round-type with a 4-inch opening at the top, failed to ignite.


Investigators say Smith took the firework out of the ground and used a pocket knife to install a new fuse. Witnesses say Smith was holding the firework against his chest when it went off.


An autopsy was scheduled Friday.

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