NORTH UTICA – A coroner says three men who died after apparently igniting an explosive powder near ’ Starved Rock State Park in north central Illinois appeared to have been fishing along a river before the blast killed them.
LaSalle County Coroner Rich Ploch says the black powder was ignited Thursday evening in a hole along the Illinois River.
He says there was no device involved in the deadly explosion, although black powder can be used to make fireworks.
Ploch tells the Chicago Sun-Times the men suffered “pretty extensive injuries,” and autopsies were planned.
He says their names were not expected to be released until the middle of next week.