Lake Havasu City police and fire officials confirmed the death of a California man whose trunk loaded with fireworks exploded Feb. 12 as he drove on State Route 95, in Havasu.
Randy Feldman, 59, of Menlo Park, Calif., died Thursday at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. Feldman was evacuated by air to Las Vegas Feb. 12 after he was severely burned in the fireworks explosion. He remained there until his death.
Lake Havasu City Fire Marshal Chip Shilosky said there wasn’t an investigation into the explosion other than the initial on-scene investigation.
“It was a chemical reaction,” Shilosky said. “They were carrying fireworks and some mixing compounds in the backseat.”
At the time, eyewitnesses likened the sound of the explosion to that of detonating bombs. The fireworks’ casings were strewn along about 100 feet of the highway before the driver turned right onto Kiowa Boulevard, stopped and got out of the car to investigate.
“That’s when the back (of the car) blew up,” said Battalion Chief Mike Quijada, of Lake Havasu City Fire Department, in an earlier news report. “He walked into a big fire bomb.”
The fireworks were described as 10-inch bundles of fireworks and sparklers and other ground display-type concoctions.
At the time of the explosion, Feldman and his twin brother were in Havasu for the Western Pyrotechnics Association’s Winter Blast 25 annual aerial-fireworks event. Organizers of the event say Feldman is one of WPA’s longest members. In all, there are about 800 members worldwide.
“I didn’t know him personally,” said Keif Adler, WPA president. “He was a member of WPA for nearly all 25 years. He’s one of our oldest (longest-running) members. It is unfortunate. He’s been involved in pyrotechnics for many years and in the club for many years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
Adler said Feldman was scheduled to be a seminar-presenter at Winter Blast 25 but the day before his presentation he was injured in the explosion.
The incident closed both northbound lanes of State Route 95 at Kiowa for a few hours.
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