HOLLAND, Michigan – A man from Holland has taken a plea deal after setting off a homemade cannon on the night of July 3, 2023, resulting in a deadly explosion. The blast occurred during a private fireworks display in Park Township, near Holland, and tragically led to the death of 41-year-old Jana Daniels.
The defendant, Anthony Jon Meyer, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and is awaiting his sentencing on Feb. 5. The explosion caused by the “Salute Cannon” not only claimed Daniels’ life but also damaged several vehicles and homes in the area. Shrapnel and metal pieces from the cannon went through walls and windows of nearby homes, causing widespread destruction.
Daniels, a newly hired teacher who had recently relocated to Holland, was killed in the explosion, just 17 days before her 42nd birthday. She leaves behind a 9-year-old son. The tragic incident shook the community and raised concerns about the use of homemade fireworks and cannons during private celebrations.
The guilty plea in this case brings attention to the potential dangers associated with homemade fireworks and cannons. The devastating impact of this explosion serves as a reminder of the importance of following safety regulations and guidelines, especially during holiday celebrations. The sentencing of the defendant will bring closure to the community and provide an opportunity for authorities to emphasize the importance of responsible behavior when handling explosive materials.
The explosion caused by the homemade cannon on July 3, 2023, resulted in the tragic death of Jana Daniels, a newly hired teacher who had just moved to the Holland area. The guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter by the defendant, Anthony Jon Meyer, has brought attention to the dangers of using homemade fireworks and cannons during private celebrations. Meyer’s sentencing on Feb. 5 will provide closure to the community and emphasize the importance of responsible behavior when handling explosive materials.