BREAKING NEWARK NJ: Ironbound Man Dies After Holding Large Firecracker that Exploded in his Hand

Authorities in Newark has launched an investigation into a fireworks incident that killed a man in Newark on Sunday morning.

According to a brief statement released by Newark Police, a 23-year-old man was rushed to the hospital suffering severe injuries after a large firecracker exploded in his hand, ultimately causing his fatality.

The victim reportedly was holding the M-80 style firecracker in hand on the street side of the Pennington Court housing project located near 168 Pacific Street when he -or someone else- lit the device, causing it to blast off, resulting in massive external injuries at around 1:35 a.m. according to Newark Police officials.

Heavy bloodstains marked the sidewalk where the incident happened shocked early morning residents headed to a local grocery store to get coffee and breakfast.

A senior female resident spoke anonymously in sadness but also complained about consistent firework blasts that erupt at the housing complex.

” I am so sad for the young man but these guys pop these firecrackers all night around here. I knew something would go wrong because they did it way too much and you couldn't tell if it was an actual real shooting”, the woman said.

A witness told RLS Metro Breaking News that the explosion blew off one of the victim's hands and caused damage to the other one.

”He bled to death and choked on blood right here on the sidewalk.”

The witness -who said the victim’s name was ’Antonio’ - confirmed that he grew up in the housing project with the victim and would come to visit his father who lived there.

”EMS tried very hard, but his hands were so bad, I have never seen anything like it,” the witness said.

Police said doctors attempted to treat the victim's injuries, but the unidentified man died at University Hospital.

UPDATE 10:17 AM: The gentleman's name is Mr. Antonio Ortiz, 23-years-old
Condolences to his family.

UPDATE 7:21 AM A spokesperson for The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said the incident will be handled by The Newark Police Department not considered a homicide or suspicious death at this time

The incident remains under investigation.