Man Killed in Fireworks Explosion
Union City – An Erie County man is dead following a fireworks-related accident in Union Township on Sunday morning. At 10:15 a.m. firefighters and the Pennsylvania State Police based in Corry responded to an explosion on Hanlon Cross Road just outside Union City. 55-year-old Michael Cross was found wounded at the scene and transported to UPMC Hamot by helicopter where he unfortunately succumbed to his wounds. The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshals are investigating the incident; they have also offered a number of safety tips and legal advice about the use of fireworks:
Always get permission from the owner of a property before setting off fireworks in that location.
Do not set off fireworks toward people, animals, buildings, or vehicles and you must be at least 150 feet from from any structure or vehicle when using fireworks.
It is inadvisable and also illegal to operate fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase and operate consumer fireworks.
Local governments can restrict the use of fireworks from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the exception of July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and January 31st where their use is unrestricted until 1 a.m.
Sparklers, poppers, caps, and similar devices are not legally considered fireworks in Pennsylvania.

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