Salem man dies after fireworks accident - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Salem man dies after fireworks accident

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Michael Osborne (source: family photo) Michael Osborne (source: family photo)

HENDERSON, Ky. (WDRB)-- Darwin Todd is still having a tough time dealing with what happened in his front yard Monday night. 

Fun turned into tragedy in a matter of seconds.

"It was just chaos," he said. "We had all the kids out here and tried to get them in house."

His family and some friends of his daughters were over to shoot off fireworks. Michael Osborne, from Salem, Indiana, was one of them. 

The 25-year-old wouldn't make it through the night. The deputy coroner said he was killed when a Raiders Revenge firework hit him.

"[It] him in the chest and actually didn't penetrate or go into the skin at all," Deputy Coroner Bill Schwartz said. "It caused a big contusion, and we think it actually stopped his heart, and that's what killed him."

Osborne was apparently leaning over the firework when it happened. Witnesses think he probably figured it was just a dud. 

"It didn't go off, and he went to check on it, and about the time he got to it, it went off," Todd said.

Osborne was rushed from this house on Dixon Road #2 to Methodist Hospital in Henderson. It was far too late. 

"The ER doctors worked on him for a while, and they couldn't bring him back," Schwartz said.

The deputy coroner and witnesses alike said there are lessons to be learned from this tragic story.

"You just have to be careful. And if you're careful, you'll be alright," Schwartz said. "I think this was just a freak accident. I'm sorry that it happened, and it's just one of those things."

Officials said the fireworks were legally purchased at a Henderson store. Osborne's body was taken to Louisville for an autopsy. 

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