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State Police: Man killed after explosion at baby shower

Troopers say a man died after an explosion at a baby shower in Genesee County.
State Police investigate deadly explosion at baby shower in Genesee County
State Police investigate deadly explosion at baby shower in Genesee County(WJRT)
Published: Feb. 7, 2021 at 11:29 AM EST
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GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - Michigan State Police are investigating a deadly explosion at a baby shower in Gaines Township.

Police say 26-year-old Evan Thomas Silva was seriously injured and later died at the hospital.

Investigators said it happened Saturday night when a small cannon device was fired to celebrate the baby’s pending arrival by a homeowner.

Troopers said it blew up, causing metal shrapnel to strike the garage where the shower was held, some vehicles, and Silva, who was standing nearby.

State police say the homeowner purchased the cannon at an auction prior to the event and had fired it several times before the baby shower. It is designed to create a big flash, noise and create smoke.

Police say it did not contain any projectiles, but it is suspected the gunpowder loaded into the device caused the cannon to fracture, resulting in shrapnel being spread in the area.

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