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Coroner: 3 killed In Starved Rock Blast Were Apparently Fishing

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Starved Rock, at Starved Rock State Park, near Utica, Illinois.

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.

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