CALAIS, Maine — Authorities said the 22-year-old man who died after he launched a firework off the top of his head Saturday night used to work as “Beauty and the Beast” character Gaston at Walt Disney World.
WCSH reported 22-year-old Devon Staples and his friends were drinking at the time of the incident. It reportedly happened in the backyard of one of Staples’ friend’s homes in Calais, Maine.
According to the state Department of Public Safety, Staples placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off. He died instantly after the firework exploded.
The victim’s brother, Cody Staples, told the New York Daily News it was an accident. He said his brother was holding a lighter and it accidentally caused the firework to go off.
Staples lived in Orlando, Fla., and was most recently working as a dog walker after his time as the Gaston character.
One of Devon’s friends, who identified herself as Kara, posted a video of Staples performing as “Gaston.”
“Devon would kill me for posting this but ppl need to see some of the best parts of him right now with love from Kara,” the post read.