A 12-year-old boy has died after a fireworks accident in Nashville on Sunday.
The boy, identified by family members as Antonio Braden, was playing with mortar-style firework shells on Sunday night, when one of them exploded in his hand and hit him in the chest.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead of his injuries. Police said that when the accident occurred the boy was with a group of teens who were setting off bottle rockets and Roman candles. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Antonio Braden (pictured) was playing with mortar-style firework shells on Sunday night, when one of them exploded in his hand and hit him in the chest (photo: WTVF).
Joshua Woods, 24, was setting off artillery type fireworks when he saw two boys grab them, WSMV reports. He asked Antonio to get back one of them from a friend and the boy reportedly threw the shell, causing it to break.
Woods then saw Antonio holding a tube toward the sky, while another child lit the damaged firework.
The firework went off and hit Antonio in the chest. The boy then ran for about 30 feet before collapsing, police said. Witness Santecia Wells explained:
He started running. And when he started running, he just spin and he just collapsed.
Police said that Woods left behind a dozen of artillery-style firework shells while he was helping Antonio and officers are now working to track them down and dispose of them.
2. A 12-year-old boy is killed in a South Nashville firework accident.
Read more: WSMV.
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