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Two Men Die While Attempting to Open Fireworks Box With Blowtorch

By Morgan Chilson   |   Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 07:45 PM

Two men apparently burglarizing a New Hampshire landscaping business in the middle of the night were killed by an explosion after they supposedly attempted to use a blowtorch to open a metal box containing fireworks, CBS Boston reported.

Lucas Bourke and Ethan Keeler, both 21, were found dead on the scene when police arrived after a neighbor called in the explosion, the Boston Herald said.

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Although police did not comment to CBS about why the two men were at a New Yard Landscaping building, company owner Tom Komisarek said the men had already taken other things from the property and put them in a vehicle.

The building where the men were using an oxyacetylene blowtorch to open the box was also damaged in the explosion.

“I heard the boom first and then immediately felt the tremor,” neighbor Janice Farenwald told CBS. “There was definitely an odor that came through the window. I could tell something was burning, so I thought something must have exploded.”

Kent Keeler, a family member of Ethan Keeler’s, told CBS he had no idea what his cousin was thinking.

“I think he just didn’t know who he was yet,” said Kent Keeler. “I feel like he was trying to find out where he belongs.”

Predictably, social media had a harsh response to the two men.

“What a couple of dummies! ‘This will be on 1000 Ways To Die’ next season,” wrote one man.

Others brought up the idea of Darwin’s survival of the fittest theory.

But one person wrote, “Heartbreaking tragedy. I knew these kids, and if you think for a second they got something they deserved you need to have a long talk with your family about how you value money and property more than people's lives. Shame on you.”

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