A Detroit man was killed Friday evening when a wayward firework struck him in the chest and exploded.
Paramedics rushed to the scene of Plainview near Whitlock, where neighbors said a man in his 40s was killed after being struck by a firework at 10:30 p.m.
Witnesses said the man was lighting the fireworks when one of them flew horizontally at him.
About an hour later, firefighters were called to the same block for a suspicious house fire at 6459 Plainview on the west side.
Police are investigating.
Michigan loosened its fireworks laws in 2011, legalizing airborne fireworks.
Opponents of the law are collecting petitions at Moveon.org.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.