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Verdict rules fireworks deaths were accidental

The jury in the fireworks inquest returned conclusions that the two deaths were accidental.

They ruled that the explosion rendered both victims unable to exit the store as fire consumed the outbuilding and resulted in a fatal level of carbon monoxide.

Andrew Coates, 41, and Polly Connor, 46, died following the explosion while preparing fireworks for a wedding at Ecclerigg near Windermere in August 2014.

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Fireworks inquest witness heard ten bangs 'and then all hell broke loose'

Witness, John Simpson, owns the property and grounds where two bodies were found near firework storage at his home wedding reception.

John Simpson said he'd asked his partner of small hobby business, Stardust Fireworks, to prepare a low noise display for the end of his wedding.

Shortly after walking past the fireworks store with his photographer, around 10 fireworks 'pinged' off followed by a loud bang and then he said "all hell broke loose".

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The inquest continues.


Matthew Jordan inquest resumes

Matthew Jordan Credit: ITV Border

An inquest into the death of student Matthew Jordan whose body was found in Lake Windermere 20 days after he went missing on a night out with friends is due to resume in Kendal today.

The inquest began in October but was halted when the family's barrister said there were too many gaps regarding his last known whereabouts.

'Accidental death' ruled in luxury yacht inquest

Michael Hanlon Credit: Michael Hanlon Facebook Page

A coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death after a Cumbrian sailor fell off a luxury yacht in 2013.

Michael Hanlon, from Windermere, was working on the £65 million yacht "Faith" on a crossing from the Caribbean to the South of France.

The 22-year-old fell overboard the night it was docked in Antibes.

His family believe crucial lessons should be learned from his death on the safe operation of super yachts.

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