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One dead in house fire where fireworks materials were found

July 7, 2021 GMT

KING, N.C. (AP) — An unidentified man was killed in a home explosion in which investigators say someone was trying to make fireworks, officials said.

The Stokes County Sheriff’s Office said firefighters were called to a house fire in the town of King on Tuesday evening, news outlets reported. The firefighters found a small fire at the home and extinguished it quickly, but a search of the home found a man who authorities said had died as a result of injuries caused by the fire.

The Stokes County fire marshal said investigators found an unknown substance found to be consistent with chemicals used in making fireworks, The Stokes News reported. The fire marshal said the chemicals and other substances were rendered safe and removed from the home for further analysis.

Authorities hadn’t released the victim’s identity as of Wednesday afternoon.