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Summerville Man Killed in Fireworks Accident Identified

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - The Dorchester County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who tragically lost his life in a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July.

Allen Ray McGrew, 41, died after setting off a "large firework device" on top of his head. The coroner, Paul Brouthers, reported that the firework exploded, causing severe head injuries.

According to the Sheriff's Office, McGrew was attending a neighborhood block party at the time of the accident. Witnesses stated that McGrew ignited the firework and placed it on his head to "show off." Despite attempts by family members to stop him, the firework exploded, and McGrew collapsed.

Deputies with the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) and emergency crews responded to the incident just after 10:20 p.m. on the 100 block of Cottonwood Drive in the Crestwood Subdivision in Summerville. They found McGrew lying in the roadway with critical injuries. He was pronounced dead at 11:10 p.m.

Witnesses confirmed to investigators that the injuries resulted from a fireworks accident.

Both the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and the Dorchester County Coroner’s Office are conducting ongoing investigations into the incident.

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