MCNABB, IL - A McNabb man remained in a Peoria hospital Thursday with injuries suffered Wednesday evening when an attempt to remove a tree stump with fireworks apparently went wrong, authorities said.
Details still were sketchy Thursday afternoon, but police said that Brandon Phillips, 28, had been working with another man to try to remove a stump at a rural Magnolia site when the firework being used exploded and prompted a 911 call at 6:45 p.m.
Putnam County Sheriff Kevin Doyle said Thursday that his office was investigating to determine whether dynamite or any other type of explosive had been used, but that did not appear to be the case.
“They said it was some type of homemade firework,” Doyle said.
The other man, identified as Jerome Price of Magnolia, was not injured, Doyle said. The incident occurred on rural Taylor Road outside Magnolia on property that did not appear to be the home of either Phillips or Price, the sheriff added.
Phillips was taken by the Putnam County Ambulance to the Marshall County Airport in Lacon for helicopter relay to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. The nature of his injuries could not be determined, but he was listed in fair condition Thursday.
Also assisting at the scene was the Magnolia Fire Department. The incident remains under investigation.