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Man dies after placing lit firework on his head during Fourth of July party

DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A South Carolina man was killed after trying to “show off” with fireworks at a Fourth of July party Thursday night.

When deputies with the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office arrived at a neighborhood block party in Summerville at 10:23 p.m., they found a man lying in the roadway suffering from major head injuries.

Witnesses told deputies the injuries were from a fireworks accident.

The coroner later said the victim, 41-year-old Allen Ray McGrew, had ignited a large firework on top of his head. Witnesses told investigators he was wearing a large top hat, and put the firework on top of the hat before lighting it. The device exploded, causing “massive head injuries.”

McGrew was pronounced dead at the scene.

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by Anonymousreply 92July 7, 2024 6:11 PM

He was kind of cute.

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by Anonymousreply 1July 6, 2024 7:53 AM

This sounds as far fetched as the OK kid who was killed 3 different ways. What kind of top hat could support a big firework?

by Anonymousreply 2July 6, 2024 8:00 AM

It's horrifying to think back how recklessly I played with fireworks as a child. I'm lucky I still have both eyes and my fingers.

by Anonymousreply 3July 6, 2024 8:01 AM

[quote] What kind of top hat could support a big firework?

The hat in the photo at R1.

by Anonymousreply 4July 6, 2024 8:05 AM

I daresay alcohol was also involved.

by Anonymousreply 5July 6, 2024 8:10 AM

I have been terrified of fireworks since I saw a school friend get seriously injured. I strongly believe they should only be used in organised displays.

by Anonymousreply 6July 6, 2024 8:53 AM

Is this Darwinism in action?

by Anonymousreply 7July 6, 2024 8:54 AM

[quote]He was kind of cute.

Cute, cute, cute in a stupid-assed way.

by Anonymousreply 8July 6, 2024 9:10 AM

[quote]South Carolina man was killed after trying to “show off” with fireworks

In other words he was the Grand Finale

by Anonymousreply 9July 6, 2024 9:19 AM

He went out with a bang.

by Anonymousreply 10July 6, 2024 9:20 AM

And the Darwin Award goes to...

by Anonymousreply 11July 6, 2024 9:35 AM

[quote]And the Darwin Award goes to...

"Accepting the award is his wife . . ."

by Anonymousreply 12July 6, 2024 9:43 AM

[Quote]"Accepting the award is his wife . . ."

"He just *sob* lit up the room."

by Anonymousreply 13July 6, 2024 9:47 AM

He tarded hard.

by Anonymousreply 14July 6, 2024 9:51 AM

Look at me, everybody!!!!


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by Anonymousreply 15July 6, 2024 10:19 AM

I just noticed that everything he's wearing in the picture at R15, is flammable!

From the fluffy hat, to the cotton beard, to the Uncle Sam costume.

Not only is he lighting fireworks from his head, but he's also smoking a cigarette!!


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by Anonymousreply 16July 6, 2024 10:21 AM

"Well, that sure was a stupid way to die!"

by Anonymousreply 17July 6, 2024 10:48 AM

I feel bad for the witnesses.

by Anonymousreply 18July 6, 2024 11:06 AM

"I've gotta stay up til' 11 tonight and 'Sparkle, Allan Ray, sparkle'!"

by Anonymousreply 19July 6, 2024 11:07 AM

Why didn't his fat frau wife try and stop him? Who the fuck lets their drunken spouse do that shit? And did the hat collapse so the firework was on his head?

by Anonymousreply 20July 6, 2024 11:45 AM

He had a hot...


Why can't Trump do this?

by Anonymousreply 21July 6, 2024 11:50 AM

[quote] And did the hat collapse so the firework was on his head?

Fireworks generate so much heat, that you should never even hold them in your hand, much less put one on your head.

They're so dangerous, because a lot of them malfunction too.

That thing probably burned through the hat, the minute it was lit.

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by Anonymousreply 22July 6, 2024 11:53 AM


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by Anonymousreply 24July 6, 2024 11:59 AM

Technically, the Darwin Award only applies when you have taken yourself out of the gene pool through stupidity. Which he did not, as a father.

by Anonymousreply 25July 6, 2024 12:10 PM

Mama's mussy is hissing and whistling and shooting off sparks.

by Anonymousreply 26July 6, 2024 12:37 PM

More fireworks malfunctions.


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by Anonymousreply 27July 6, 2024 12:40 PM

One Trump voter down

by Anonymousreply 28July 6, 2024 12:40 PM

And a MAGA angel earns its wings.

by Anonymousreply 29July 6, 2024 12:41 PM

[quote] Technically, the Darwin Award only applies when you have taken yourself out of the gene pool through stupidity. Which he did not, as a father.

Unfortunately he has replicated himself.

There are always more fireworks.

by Anonymousreply 30July 6, 2024 1:00 PM

A stick of dynamite is NOT a firework, Allen Ray.

by Anonymousreply 31July 6, 2024 1:12 PM

[italic]massive[/massive] head injuries

I'm curious.

by Anonymousreply 32July 6, 2024 1:13 PM

[/italic]I'm also not awake yet.

by Anonymousreply 33July 6, 2024 1:14 PM

Has Miss Graham commented yet?

by Anonymousreply 34July 6, 2024 1:15 PM

Can't fix STUPID. All because he was show-boatin'!!!

by Anonymousreply 35July 6, 2024 1:15 PM

Ding Bang OWWWW!!!!

by Anonymousreply 36July 6, 2024 1:16 PM

Dumb bastard.

by Anonymousreply 37July 6, 2024 1:17 PM

Not quite, r25. The Darwin Awards allow for offspring, recognizing that they possess only 50% of the Darwin winner's genetic material.

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by Anonymousreply 38July 6, 2024 1:35 PM

Okay thanks R22. I remember the Gaston story, and it was essentially the same thing, but I didn't get then, and I still don't get, what exactly happened. His head was literally blown off?

by Anonymousreply 39July 6, 2024 2:14 PM

As amusing as these stories and links are, this thread is useless without photos of the gory outcome.

by Anonymousreply 40July 6, 2024 3:06 PM

r40 = the ghost of John Alan Schwartz

by Anonymousreply 41July 6, 2024 3:10 PM

[quote]Why didn't his fat frau wife try and stop him? Who the fuck lets their drunken spouse do that shit?

His family tried to make him stop and he chose to drunkenly blow off his head in front of them instead.

by Anonymousreply 42July 6, 2024 3:12 PM

Blowing off your head with a mortar shell is the new "going out to get a pack of cigarettes."

I am curious if his life insurance (presuming he had any) will pay out or claim it was too reckless to qualify.

by Anonymousreply 43July 6, 2024 3:14 PM

I'm so bad I laughed at the heading of the thread. Shame on me.

by Anonymousreply 44July 6, 2024 3:20 PM

[Quote] Has Miss Graham commented yet?

I think he’s FABULOUS!

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by Anonymousreply 45July 6, 2024 3:22 PM

[Quote] photos of the gooey outcum.

Wrong thread, miss thang!

by Anonymousreply 46July 6, 2024 3:23 PM

Mamma had a baby and his head popped off!

by Anonymousreply 47July 6, 2024 3:24 PM

A Millennial has got to do what a Millennial has got to do.

Our future is doomed.

by Anonymousreply 48July 6, 2024 3:59 PM

R40 I'm sure one of his equally drunken buddies was videoing . It out there, somewhere. Like his head.

by Anonymousreply 49July 6, 2024 4:02 PM

But he was being PATRIOTIC!!!!!!

Libtard Communist conspiracy.

by Anonymousreply 50July 6, 2024 4:40 PM

R2, Those are the banes of decent neighborhoods. Backyard exists, but no; these ignorant jerks have to sit in the FRONT yard, the better to disturb, disrupt, and destroy the peace, tranquillity, and property of others.

IMO, they needed more of "what could go wrong."

As for this week's dead buffoon, it was only a matter of time. If not a firecracker on July 4, then maybe a paralyzing dive into the kiddie pool next month; or an exploding turkey in a pit barrel at Thanksgiving; or a skinny "Santa" stuck in the chimney of a lit fireplace.

by Anonymousreply 51July 6, 2024 5:50 PM

As for the OP's linked news report:

The victim wasn't found "suffering" anything.

by Anonymousreply 52July 6, 2024 5:52 PM

People don't realize that heat and fire come out of the bottom of fireworks, as well as the top.

When it is placed on the ground, the firework looks like it's shooting only out of the top, but the fire is also coming out of the bottom.

Check the sidewalk after you light one. It's stained from the fire coming out of the bottom.

This guy clearly was the dumbest person ever.

by Anonymousreply 53July 6, 2024 6:22 PM

So mercifully free from the ravages of intelligence.

by Anonymousreply 54July 6, 2024 6:43 PM

Datalounge has a front-yard troll at R51, and in several other threads I've read here in the past. How odd.

by Anonymousreply 55July 6, 2024 7:05 PM

What a finish!!!

by Anonymousreply 56July 6, 2024 7:05 PM

I had a neighbor who criticized another neighbor for "farming her front yard" (growing vegetables in her front yard). In fairness, the farming neighbor had a corner lot with a large front yard and a small back yard.

That said, fireworks is probably something better done in the front yard area, due to the street being a relatively clear area (no dried brush, etc.).

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by Anonymousreply 58July 6, 2024 7:09 PM

[quote] fireworks is

Sorry, "fireworks are ..."

by Anonymousreply 59July 6, 2024 7:11 PM

His wife epitomizes the word "frau."

by Anonymousreply 60July 6, 2024 7:16 PM

South Carolina, eh?

I wonder if The Senatrice had her way with him at one point.

by Anonymousreply 61July 6, 2024 7:20 PM

Wife was around 15 years older than he was. She was overweight.

by Anonymousreply 62July 6, 2024 7:21 PM
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by Anonymousreply 63July 6, 2024 7:22 PM

R57, You do not make a good argument for front-yard fireworks. Rather, you make the case for NO PRIVATE fireworks in developed neighborhoods.

by Anonymousreply 64July 6, 2024 7:31 PM

Did the firework explode on his head or was he killed from the blast when it took off?

We need to know these details to imagine the correct scene.

by Anonymousreply 65July 6, 2024 7:35 PM

I think the wife is his mother. He was a mama's boy who married his mother.

by Anonymousreply 66July 6, 2024 7:42 PM

[quote]fireworks is probably something better done in the front yard area

where you have a better chance of taking out a few children playing in the street.

by Anonymousreply 67July 6, 2024 8:35 PM

Farming the front yard?

Doesn't anybody keep a flame thrower in the garage any more?

by Anonymousreply 68July 6, 2024 8:39 PM

More results of neighbors' fireworks:

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by Anonymousreply 69July 6, 2024 9:08 PM

Looks-wise, he reminds me of the son (Leland) of Dog the Bounty Hunter.

by Anonymousreply 70July 6, 2024 9:43 PM

[quote]Has Miss Graham commented yet?

"He gave great head!"

by Anonymousreply 71July 6, 2024 9:49 PM

I feel this is my fault.

It was meant as a metaphor.

I swear.

by Anonymousreply 72July 6, 2024 10:15 PM

I dropped an atomic bomb on my head but I thought I’d be fine because I’m not Japanese

by Anonymousreply 73July 6, 2024 10:17 PM

The brain trust trumpsters in action . Fireworks on head ???? Well….. ok Abortion ????? God no To save the life of the mother ????? God no. She better off dead . Then her hun will be free for all the crazy antics he love to kill himself and maybe her

by Anonymousreply 74July 6, 2024 10:44 PM

This video has haunted me. His hand comes out looking like spaghetti after the firework match blew off too soon. This year I watched Bing Bang Theory and went to sleep by 9p. That was enough bang for me.

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by Anonymousreply 75July 6, 2024 10:45 PM

People who light fireworks in residential areas should have their heads blown off.

by Anonymousreply 76July 6, 2024 11:02 PM

“If they would rather die they had better do it and decrease the surplus population”

by Anonymousreply 77July 6, 2024 11:22 PM

Dogs who wish death on people need to be culled from the breed and species.

by Anonymousreply 78July 6, 2024 11:28 PM

People who use the word “culled” need to be pushed into a grease fire.

by Anonymousreply 79July 6, 2024 11:42 PM

Florida Man's boundaries have moved northward.....

by Anonymousreply 80July 6, 2024 11:44 PM

South Carolina = Deplorable.

by Anonymousreply 81July 6, 2024 11:46 PM

[quote]The family, who has been bombarded and overwhelmed with attention following the devastating event, said any portrayal of McGrew as a “drunken fool” couldn’t be further from the truth.

Sure, hon.

by Anonymousreply 82July 6, 2024 11:58 PM

R82 Yeah, in the very next paragraph they explain that he *was* drunk. "But he didn't usually get drunk, this was a special occasion!"

by Anonymousreply 83July 7, 2024 12:00 AM

Oh he was a Maga for sure

by Anonymousreply 84July 7, 2024 12:42 AM

[quote]South Carolina = Deplorable.

The Uncle Sam costume and his wife talking about what a "patriot" he was tells you everything.

by Anonymousreply 85July 7, 2024 1:06 AM

A real, live nephew of my Uncle Sam. Died on the 4th of July.

by Anonymousreply 86July 7, 2024 1:19 AM

My late dad, who would have been ninety-one used to say, "I've never met a moron who wasn't fascinated with fireworks", and I've made the same observation.

by Anonymousreply 87July 7, 2024 3:26 AM

R6 = Mary

by Anonymousreply 88July 7, 2024 3:39 AM

Hot Chicago dad killed by 4th of July fireworks.

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by Anonymousreply 89July 7, 2024 5:42 PM

Well, he won’t be having any MORE, will he, R25????

by Anonymousreply 90July 7, 2024 5:47 PM

WCBD News 2 reports...

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by Anonymousreply 91July 7, 2024 5:52 PM

What a fucking idiot.

by Anonymousreply 92July 7, 2024 6:11 PM
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