Two Indiana men killed in separate fireworks accidents on holiday weekend

MARION, Ind. (July 5, 2015) -- Two Indiana men died after separate Fourth of July accidents involving fireworks.

James Drake, 41, Marion, was killed Saturday night after suffering extensive trauma to the face in a fireworks accident. He had been checking on a shell that hadn't gone off when expected.

It happened around 10:40 p.m. at at a parking lot in the 3200 block of South Washington Street.

"I think he approached one and it went off and struck him in the face," said Grant County Coroner Chris Butche.

Drake was rushed to Marion General Hospital and died about an hour later. Butche ruled the cause of death accidental due to blunt force trauma to the face.

In northern Indiana, the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department said a 44-year-old man died as the result of a fireworks explosion. Jose Magallanes was found dead Sunday morning after neighbors reported hearing a boom.

Magallanes suffered fatal injuries from the incident. The coroner ruled his death accidental caused by blunt force trauma to the head.

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