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Man killed by fireworks in San Francisco on New Year’s Day

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Police said a person died in a fireworks mishap in the Treasure Island neighborhood in the early hours of 2024. | Source: AdobeStock

An 18-year-old man died during a mishap while setting off fireworks on San Francisco’s Treasure Island in the early hours of New Year’s Day, police said.

The San Francisco Police Department said that at around 12:40 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a report of someone who had been injured during a mishap involving fireworks in the 1200 block of Exposition Drive, between Gateway Avenue and 13th Street in the city’s Treasure Island neighborhood.

Officers arrived in the residential neighborhood to find the man suffering life-threatening injuries.

They performed first aid and summoned paramedics, who declared the person deceased upon their arrival.

The city’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner identified him Thursday as Marciano Antone-Gordon, 18, of San Francisco. As of 2 p.m. Thursday, a GoFundMe online fund-raising campaign created to cover funeral costs and support his family’s loss had raised $27,760 toward a $30,000 goal.

KTVU reported that neighbors in the area said they heard an explosion and screaming just after midnight.

Across the street from the home where police said the accident happened, several young men were gathered on Monday afternoon wearing all black in front of a row of candles. They declined to speak to The Standard.

Neighbor Kelly Mean said he had heard screams late on New Year’s Eve and looked out his window and saw a man lying on the ground.

“The screams just sounded like disbelief at what had happened,” Mean said.

Eleven people were killed by fireworks in the U.S. during 2022, with 10,200 treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Express desk reporter George Kelly contributed to this report.
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