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Orting man killed by homemade firework identified

Matthew Lewis was the 40-year-old Orting-area man who died Saturday after a pipe bomb he was making for the Fourth of July prematurely exploded, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday.

The explosion occurred about 9 p.m. in the 20900 block of 175th Street Court East.

Sheriff’s deputies said shrapnel from the homemade device inflicted fatal injuries on Lewis.

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