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24-year-old Cheraw man killed by fireworks

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A 24-year-old Cheraw man is dead after the fireworks he was holding exploded in his hands, striking him in the upper torso Wednesday night at Dizzy Gillespe apartments on Dizzy Gillespe Drive in Cheraw, according Cheraw Police Chief Keith Thomas.

M.C. Gallion III has been identified as the man killed.

Thomas released the following information on Gaillon's death:

"On July 4, 2018 at approximately 9:50 p.m. the Cheraw Police Department responded to a call in the Dizzy Gillespie apartment complex in reference to a call for Medical Assistance for a person being hit in the upper torso with fireworks.

Upon the officers arrival to the scene they found Mr. M.C. Gallion III on the ground and a female citizen performing CPR on Mr. Gallion.

The responding officers at EMS took over CPR until MedShore Ambulance Service arrived.

Mr. Gaillon was transported to McLeod Health Cheraw where he was pronounced dead a short time.

Because a death occurred and investigation was launched to determine the cause of death and also what took place leading up to the death of Mr. Gallion.

Several witnesses were interviewed immediately after the incident and we have received valuable information as to what occurred that caused the injuries to Mr. Gallion.

The Chesterfield County Coroner's Office has ordered an autopsy and we will not be able to determine cause of death onto the autopsy results have been provided to us.

However, based on witness statements it appears that Mr. Gallion III was holding a cylinder tube in his hands in an attempt to discharge an aerial type fireworks. The fireworks exploded striking Mr. Gallion in the upper torso and as a result of his injuries he collapsed. I would like to commend the young lady that reacted to this tragic incident at immediately began performing CPR on Mr. Gallion. Although Mr. Gallion did not survive his injuries this young lady made every effort to save his life and for that she should be commended."

Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser said an autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning.

We will bring you more information when it's made available to us.

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