Man dies in New Jersey fireworks blast

Man dies in New Jersey fireworks blast
A New Jersey man died early Saturday when he was struck in the neck by fireworks. (Ying Tang/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A New Jersey man died early Saturday in a fireworks explosion in Jersey City, authorities said.

According to witnesses, the victim, who has not been identified, was struck in the neck with fireworks shortly before 1 a.m., NJ.com reported. The explosion took place outside the Booker T. Washington housing complex, the website reported.

Attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

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In 2017, New Jersey lawmakers legalized the use of certain fireworks, including poppers, sparklers and other non-aerial items, The Associated Press reported. According to NJ.com, a city task force was created after social media videos showed men conducting shootouts involving Roman candles, which are illegal in New Jersey.