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Soldier in fireworks explosion dies

One of the nine soldiers, who were injured in the fireworks explosion on Saturday at the Guyana Defence Force ( GDF) explosion has died.

In a statement on Sunday, the Ministry of the Presidency said Corporal Seon Rose who was badly injured in the incident that occurred shortly after 1:00pm (local time), died on Sunday at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where he was receiving treatment.

Rose, who was 31, sustained burns to 90 per cent of his body.

The GDF says that Rose was injured when there was a spontaneous combustion as the soldiers were preparing for the fireworks display.

That event was cancelled.

Saturday, February 22, 2020 at about 1:30 PM while he and others were offloading pyrotechnic devices for the 50th Republic Anniversary fireworks display..

The Ministry of the Presidency said Corporal Rose, age 31, who sustained burns to 90 per cent of his body died Sinday morning at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was receiving treatment.

The GDF said there was “spontaneous combustion” while the soldiers were preparing for the fireworks display. That event was cancelled.

Corporal Rose enlisted in the GDF in 2008 and joined the 21 Artillery Company.

“President (David) Granger wishes to thank the staff of the GPHC for their tireless efforts to save Corporal Rose’s life and for their continued treatment of the other injured ranks,” the Ministry of the Presidency said.

Six other soldiers who were also injured, were discharged.

CMC

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