Justin Bartek, 30, was a beloved Columbus, Tex., postal worker who left behind a girlfriend and a three-year-old son. Bartek was hanging with friends at a Colorado River fishing hole when he held a lit “Medieval Knight” firework up to his chest—it exploded, critically injuring him, and he died after being transported to a hospital by paramedics.
Bartek’s mom told KPRC his brother had been injured in an accident on the Fourth of July, but didn’t say whether it was firework-related.
Bartek is the second person this month to die while launching a firework off of his body. A 22-year-old Maine man was killed instantly (and gruesomely) after lighting a firework on his head over the weekend.