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The Kern County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatality caused by playing with fireworks unsafely. 

At 9:52, p.m., KCSO responded to the 400 block of Ray Street Friday after receiving a report of an individual with critical injuries caused by a firework. 

David Michael Adams, 45, was brought to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries after playing with illegal fireworks and causing a detonation. 

The Bomb Squad Unit is investigating the matter.

According to the Kern County Fire Department, fireworks without the California State Fire Marshal "safe and sane" seal on them are illegal. Illegal fireworks are prone to starting fires, especially when the weather is hot, windy and dry. 

The use of any illegal fireworks can be punishable by a $1,500 fine. 

"Safe and sane" fireworks typically go on sale throughout Kern County on July 1.

KCSO is asking anyone with information to call the Kern County Sheriff's Office (661)861-3110 or the Secret Witness Line at (661)-322-4040. 

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