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Man Drowns After Blowing Hole in Boat

June 17, 1998| Associated Press

FOX LAKE, Ill. — A man drowned after he and a friend inadvertently blew a hole in the bottom of their rowboat with a large firecracker.

Daniel Wyman, 29, and a friend had tossed an M-250 firecracker into a lake to kill fish Sunday, Chief Deputy Coroner Jim Wipper said Tuesday.

A gust of wind pushed their 14-foot aluminum boat over the firecracker, and the boat sank about 100 yards from shore.

The friend swam to safety.

An M-250 is equivalent to a quarter stick of dynamite.

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