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Suspect In Ohio Fireworks Store Blaze That Killed 9 Dies

Todd Hall
Herald Dispatch
A man accused of starting a fire at an Ohio fireworks store in 1996 has died.

A man accused of starting a 1996 fire at an Ohio fireworks store that killed nine people has died in a mental health facility.

The Lawrence County Prosecutor’s office says Todd Hall died March 8 at an Athens facility where he’d been treated for several years. He was 43.

His cause of death wasn’t immediately available Monday.

Hall was 24 when prosecutors say that, as a prank, he threw a lighted cigarette on a shelf crammed with fireworks at the Ohio River Fireworks store in Scottown, about 100 miles southeast of Cincinnati. The blaze July 3, 1996, killed eight people. A ninth died later.

Hall repeatedly was found incompetent to stand trial for aggravated arson and involuntary manslaughter. He had suffered a traumatic brain injury years before the fire.