Fireworks explosion in Texas leaves 1 dead, 3 injured - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Fireworks explosion in Texas leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

Posted: Updated:
COMANCHE, Texas (AP) — A trailer loaded with fireworks exploded Thursday near a Texas high school, killing one person and injuring three other people who were setting up for a Fourth of July show, authorities said.

It's unclear what triggered the explosion, which occurred near a baseball field adjacent to the high school in Comanche, a town of about 4,300 people about 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth, fire department spokesman Lt. Marcus Nettleton said. The trailer was hooked to a pickup truck.

Members of the Kiwanis Club were setting up the fireworks for a Friday celebration. Nettleton said one club member, local chiropractor Russell Reynolds, died at the scene, and three others were hospitalized with serious injuries.

The club has organized the fireworks show for the past 24 years with no previous mishaps, Nettleton said.

Christine Perkins, executive director of the Comanche Chamber of Commerce, said Friday's Fourth of July events have been canceled. She said the fireworks show has been one of the largest in the region, drawing 15,000 people, many from metropolitan areas such as Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin.

"We're still in shock," she said. "And definitely in a community our size, there will be some kind of ceremony" to recognize the victims, she said.

The agency has a permit on file that authorized Friday's pyrotechnics, said Rachel Moreno, spokeswoman for the fire marshal's office. The permit listed Reynolds as one of two pyrotechnic operators for the event. Moreno declined to release any additional information, citing the ongoing investigation into the explosion.

The Texas fire marshal's office and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating, Nettleton said.

  • Anniston - Gadsden Area NewsMore>>

  • Oneonta police need help identifying woman who stole flowers from gravesite (pictures)

    Oneonta police need help identifying woman who stole flowers from gravesite (pictures)

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:55:33 GMT
    Oneonta police have turned to Facebook in trying to identify a woman who apparently stole flowers from a gravesite at a Oakhill Cemetery on Tuesday.More >>
    Oneonta police have turned to Facebook in trying to identify a woman who apparently stole flowers from a gravesite at a Oakhill Cemetery on Tuesday.
    More >>
  • Suspect in Jacksonville shooting from June turns self in

    Suspect in Jacksonville shooting from June turns self in

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:06:38 GMT
    Jacksonville police said the suspect in the June shooting of a Calhoun County man turned himself into police Tuesday afternoon.More >>
    Jacksonville police said the suspect in the June shooting of a Calhoun County man turned himself into police Tuesday afternoon.
    More >>
  • Jacksonville man arrested for child pornography

    Jacksonville man arrested for child pornography

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:05:18 GMT
    William Franklin Harper (Photo: Calhoun County Sheriff's Office)William Franklin Harper (Photo: Calhoun County Sheriff's Office)
    The Alabama Bureau of Investigation’s CyberCrimes Unit arrested a Jacksonville man Tuesday for possession of child pornography.ABI officers served a search warrant at the home of 49-year-old William Franklin Harper. Harper is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography.He is currently in custody at theCalhoun County Jailwith bond setat $100,000 bond.During the search, investigators found methamphetamine. Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board and the Calhoun Coun...More >>
    The Alabama Bureau of Investigation’s CyberCrimes Unit arrested a Jacksonville man Tuesday for possession of child pornography.ABI officers served a search warrant at the home of 49-year-old William Franklin Harper. Harper is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography.He is currently in custody at theCalhoun County Jailwith bond setat $100,000 bond.During the search, investigators found methamphetamine. Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board and the Calhoun Coun...More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...