TOLEDO, Ohio (CBS Local) — An Ohio man lighting fireworks in his front yard for neighborhood kids died early Tuesday when a mortar exploded in his chest, police said.

Floyd Temple, 61, was putting on a fireworks display in North Toledo at around 12:30 a.m. when one of the mortars tipped over, striking Temple in the chest, according to officials.

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“He tried to fire off a rocket that goes up into the sky and it backfired and took his chest off,” Benjamin Avalos, a friend of the victim, told CBS affiliate WTOL.

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Neighbors and witnesses say the man was setting off fireworks all day for neighborhood kids and several children witnessed the accident.

“It went off and his chest exploded, and [the kids] ran over to my house and told me about it. That’s when police showed up,” said neighbor Rick Tuggle.

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While it is legal to purchase fireworks in Ohio, it is illegal to set them off in the state, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Those who fire off fireworks could face a first-degree misdemeanor charge with up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.