Filipino dies in Hawaii firework mishap
January 4, 2021 at 10:04 am
Dexter Ibaan was trying to light a firework when it exploded, killing him.

Dexter Ibaan was trying to light a firework when it exploded, killing him.

HONOLULU – A Filipino resident of Kapaa, Kauai died in a firework blast on New Year’s Eve, the Kauai Police Department reported.

Police say Kapaa resident Dexter Ibaan, 34, was trying to light a firework at approximately 8:30 p.m. ‘when it apparently malfunctioned and exploded while he was holding it.’

First responders were who dispatched to the scene say a bystander was administering CPR to Ibaan upon arrival. The extent of Ibaan’s injuries were not reported.

Firefighters and paramedics took over lifesaving efforts while Ibaan was being transported to Wilcox Medical Center, but he could not be revived and was later pronounced dead at the hospital, according to a Hawaii News Now report.

The Kauai Police Department spokesperson said volunteers with Life’s Bridges was assisting Ibaan’s family with grief counseling.

New Year’s Eve proved dangerous across other parts of the state, too.

First responders on Oahu say at least six people were administered medical treatment following fireworks-related incidents, including three children who suffered serious injuries.

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