1 killed when fire triggers explosion of fireworks: NC officials
One person was killed and three were injured when fireworks exploded in a bushfire in North Carolina, officials said.
At approximately 3.15pm on Friday June 10, first responders were called to a property on Bulltown Road in La Grange about a ‘large bushfire’ which was spreading towards a building containing commercial grade fireworks , Lenoir County Emergency Services said in a Facebook post. Publish.
When firefighters arrived, they found the property owner trying to put out the blaze, officials said.
Crews began working to extinguish the flames, but fireworks exploded soon after, officials said. The explosion injured three firefighters and the owner, identified as Randy Herring.
Herring died of his injuries at the scene, “despite the best efforts of first responders,” officials said.
The three firefighters were transported to a hospital in Greenville, North Carolina, officials said. Two have since been released and one was taken to a burns treatment center in Chapel Hill.
“The Lenoir County, Wayne County, Johnston County and Duplin County Fire Departments worked through the night to contain the blaze and completely extinguish hot spots,” officials wrote on Saturday 11. June. “Additional manpower and support has been provided by Duplin County and Jones County.
The fire is still under investigation and no further details had been released as of Sunday June 12.
The Grange is about 70 miles southeast of Raleigh.
This story was originally published June 12, 2022 10:29 a.m.