MAYETTA, Kan. — A northeast Kansas sheriff says an 11-year-old boy died after suffering severe blood loss when fireworks he was experimenting with exploded.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says Colby Harris was found dead at his home southeast of Mayetta on Friday.

Officers who responded to a call from Colby about an explosion found the boy’s body inside the home.

The sheriff’s office said investigators determined Colby was experimenting with fireworks and other “minor explosive devices” while he was left alone at home for a short time.

An autopsy performed Monday determined Colby died from a massive blood loss caused by shrapnel. The sheriff’s office says the death was accidental.

Mayetta is about 20 miles north of Topeka.

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