NJ Man Dies Trying To Light Fire Pit, Police Say

A 56-year-old Union County man died while trying to light a fire pit but instead sparked an explosion that may have killed him, local police said.

Fire pit (stock photo)

Fire pit (stock photo)

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Officers arriving at the home on Warwick Road in Hillside found the man with burns covering nearly 75 percent of his body just before 4 p.m. Monday, Hillside Police Det. Natalie Ogonowski said.

The man likely added an unknown accelerant to light the fire pit, causing an explosion, Ogonowki said.

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