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Man charged months after 4th of July party ended with deadly explosion near Holland

The sheriff's office said that the explosion from a "salute cannon" sent shrapnel and metal pieces into the air, hitting people, cars and homes on July 3, 2023.

HOLLAND, Michigan — Months after a homemade cannon exploded into a busy Fourth of July crowd killing one woman, the prosecutor's office is moving forward with charges. 

Anthony Jon Meyer, 37, of Holland, is accused of setting off a "Salute Cannon," that had gunpowder in it on the night of July 3, 2023.

These types of devices are intended to create a loud boom when ignited. 

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A crowd was watching a private fireworks display in the 1700 block of Main Street in Park Township, near Holland, when the homemade cannon exploded, sending pieces of shrapnel into the crowd. 

At least five vehicles and three homes were damaged in the explosion. Police say that some shrapnel and metal pieces went through walls and windows of the nearby homes.

Jana Daniels, 41, was killed as a result. 

Daniels was recently hired as a teacher and got a new apartment in the Holland area. She's from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and passed away just 17 days shy of her 42nd birthday, according to her obituary. She leaves behind a 9-year-old son. 

Credit: Zaagman Memorial Chapel
Jana Daniels, 41, was killed by a firework explosion in Park Township on July 3.

Last week, the Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney's Office reviewed the case, and authorized the manslaughter charge for the man accused of bringing and lighting the cannon that night. 

Meyer was arraigned in the 58th District Court. His bond was set at $25,000. He posted the personal recognizance bond. 

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