Boy, 11, blasted to death in explosion helping adults with 4th July fireworks

The devastated mother of an 11-year-old boy who was killed in a fireworks explosion said she held her son's 'broken skull and brain' in her hands.

Camrynn Ray McMichael of Mt. Vernon, Indiana state, was seriously injured in the blast after he helped adults set off fireworks to celebrate America's Independence Day on Sunday (July 3), a day ahead of the US national holiday.

Despite initially surviving the explosion the youngster dies from his injuries on his way to a hospital in nearby Evansville.

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The victim's mother, Kyrra Lynn, made a heartbreaking post and plea on Facebook which said: "I held my sons broken skull & brain in my hands last night yall!

She added: "THATS THE REALITY! Don’t even f*****g buy those damn things!

"I’ll never see my son again over a f*****g firework.

"Don’t ever think it can’t happen to yours. Seriously."

The investigation into his death is ongoing and the post-mortem examination took place yesterday (Tuesday, July 5).

Sgt. Todd Ringle of the Indiana State Police told local media that Camrynn was the only child present among a group of adults lighting fireworks.

Kyrra told local media that Camrynn was "gone in the blink of an eye".

"He was dedicated, hard working, [on the] honour roll, and never got in trouble," she said.

"And if he did it's because he wanted to make everyone laugh. No matter the situation he tried to be happy."

Camrynn's family released pictures of him with his little sister Karmynn Louise as a tribute.

Kyrra added: "He protected her like a big brother should. He's every parent's dream of a boy."

The incident is being investigated by the Indiana State Police, Mt. Vernon Police Department, and the Posey County Coroner.

In a statement, Indiana State Police said: "Last night at approximately 9:42 p.m., Posey County 911 Dispatch received a call regarding a child being seriously injured from a fireworks incident at 932 N. Canal Street in Mt. Vernon.

"The child died while being transported to an Evansville Hospital," the statement continued.

"This is an on-going investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow."

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nine people died from fireworks in the USA last year, while about 11,500 people were treated in emergency rooms for firework-related injuries.

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