(7-4-21) Steven E. Sims (41) Hartford City was killed early Sunday after he was struck by a firework in Huntington County.

Philip Zahm, Huntington County’s chief deputy coroner

“An initial investigation into the incident determined the mortar shell exploded inside the tube, causing the pressure to breech the side of the tube, and striking the victim,”

Police and medics were called around 12:20 a.m. Sunday to a home located northwest of Warren, on a report of a fireworks incident there. Crews arrived to find a victim suffering from a wound to the abdomen.

A report from the Huntington County Coroner’s Office said life-saving efforts were attempted, but Sims ultimately died of his injuries.

An autopsy is being performed to determine the extent of injuries, with toxicology results still pending.