Three men who died after apparently igniting an explosive powder near northern Illinois’ Starved Rock State Park appeared to have been fishing along a river before the blast killed them, the coroner said.
LaSalle County Coroner Rich Ploch said the men were apparently relaxing while fishing along the Illinois River on Thursday evening before the “black powder substance” was ignited in a hole.
He said there was no device involved in the explosion, although black powder can be used to make fireworks.
Ploch theorized the men had either lit the powder for entertainment or, more likely, they were trying to light a fire to cook food that was found nearby.
Starved Rock is about 50 south west of where I live.
Going to be really interested in the results of the investigation.
I don’t suspect anything nefarious, but there seems to be a level of stupid that was epic.