2 charged in death of 12-year-old boy in June fireworks accident

Joshua Woods and Kenneth Stark
L to R: Joshua Woods and Kenneth Starks (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two men were charged after a 12-year-old died last June in a fireworks-related accident.

Metro police said Joshua Woods, 25, and Kenneth Starks, 28, were each indicted on reckless homicide and reckless endangerment charges in the death of Antonio Braden.

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Antonio Braden, Killed by fireworks
Antonio Braden

Antonio died on June 28, 2015 after police say Woods and Stark set off artillery-type fireworks at the JC Napier homes on Lewis Street.

An investigation showed the 12-year-old was among a group of juveniles at the time that came to watch. Two of them began handling the unexploded shells, and police said Antonio placed a damaged shell into a detonation tube and held it toward the sky while the other lit the firework.

The shell exploded in Antonio’s hand. He ran about 30 feet before collapsing and dying.

The use of fireworks, with the exception of properly permitted public displays, has been illegal in Davidson County for decades.

Woods reportedly told police he purchased the shells at a fireworks stand outside the county.

Woods, a convicted felon, was already in custody on a probation violation charge when the indictment was returned. His bond was set at $150,000.

Starks surrendered at police headquarters earlier Wednesday. His bond is set at $100,000.

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