Police: Queens Man Killed After Firecracker Explodes In His Hand

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 50-year-old man was killed Monday morning in an explosion in Queens.

Police said Theodore Ellinghouse was killed after lighting a large firecracker which exploded while he was holding it in the hallway of a home at 112-21 111th Avenue in Ozone Park Monday.

Police said the victim’s father called 911 around 9:25 a.m. after feeling a huge blast in the home.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports

1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports Theodore Ellinghouse sustained a stomach injury in the explosion. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jones reports a similar explosive device was found in the residence before the neighborhood was given the all clear.

The Ozone Park home where a man was killed by a fireworks explosion - Queens, NY - Jan 12, 2012 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

The Ozone Park home where a man was killed by a fireworks explosion - Queens, NY - Jan 12, 2012 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell On The Scene

Police said no one else was injured in the incident.

They tell WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell they are still trying to find out why he had the explosive device and what his intentions were.

Authorities say the device is similar to an M-80.

A family friend says the man’s twin brother and their father were home.

“They heard an explosion upstairs. The brother ran upstairs, came back downstairs, told the father,” the friend told Haskell.

The friend said Theodore Ellinghouse had a history of emotional problems.

  • Love NYC

    Don’t underestimate the damage that can be done. As a nurse, I saw plenty of serious injuries from firecrackers. Dreaded the Fourth of July madness. Booze-fueled near drownings, burns and devastating injuries from firecrackers. M80s a big culprit. Saw shoulders blown away. Blindness from exploding into the face. Hearing loss. Especially when people think it’s a dud and then poof — wasn’t. Sparklers can catch clothing on fire and burn hands easily. No joke.

  • Ziggy

    An M-80 is a quarter stick of dynamite and can be very deathly.

  • ol' whitey

    I’m sure the black community will be relieved that it was a firecracker and not just a cracker that killed him.

  • bubba

    come to alabama where fireworks are legal

  • mlk

    Lmao.. He went out with a bang

  • royallen

    And that is why Fireworks are illegal folks !

    • Whiffma Highknee

      You tell em’ Roy. Make em’ smell your ass.

  • John N. Maguire III

    I’ve had a few chinees big firecrackers and they are not capable of blowing a hole in a stomache and hand off. That was a bomb. Could have beeen dynomite. M-80s and firecrackers aren’t that powerful. An M-80 wont even rip an open can apart. I

    • MikeD

      Idiot – learn to spelll

    • D. Boozer

      Sounds like you’re drinkin’ buddy. Don’t play with fireworks and/or run with scissors until you’re sober.Take two aspirins and call your wife in the morning, she’ll be at my house.

    • Michael H.

      an M-80 is equivalent to a quarter stick of dynamite. Most definitely lethal if one is set off too close to your body.

    • me again

      Maybe the M-80 you get can’t but I’ve seen M-80 blow fingers off of hands

  • Sir Hate A-Lot

    Ellinghouse does nor rhyme with Moohamad !

  • SJ

    I grew up in that neighborhood and knew both Teddy and his twin. They were not Chinese

  • Exploding Tookus

    Killed by a firecracker? How was he holding it: in his hand, in his mouth, in his ear, or in his ass? All four perhaps? Talk about going out with a ‘bang’.

  • me

    i suspect it’s firecrackers versus fireworks. it’s chinese new year!!! it’s very unfortunate but a few still follow their traditional upbringing of lighting firecrackers in the home to call the spirits to their home for luck, prosperity, and happiness. it’s the call of the gods and goddesses. sadly, we live in nyc where there is limited indoor space, no outdoor space and firecrackers are illegal. many who immigrated to nyc are not aware of the laws. my condolences to his family.

    • me

      I’ve had a few chinees big firecrackers and they are not capable of blowing a hole in a stoche and hand off. That was a bomb.

      • Whai is a stoche

        Yes I never blew my stoche off either.Nevr mess with a stoche.

      • MikeD

        When I have stoche aches, I use Pepto-Bismol

    • Nick

      Theodore Ellinghouse is Chinese???

      • John Sleez

        Yes, Ellinghouse means Wang Chung in lower Britannia

      • Blasterific

        CBS translation for Sum Dum Guy

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