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Crews Dodge Rockets as Fireworks at Stand Explode

No one is injured in South Carolina fire
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2019 3:56 PM CDT
Crews Dodge Rockets as Fireworks at Stand Explode
A still image taken from video provided by WCNC shows containers of fireworks exploding at Davey Jones Fireworks in Fort Mill, S.C., on Thursday. Firefighters had to dodge exploding rockets to douse a spectacular fire that destroyed containers of fireworks stored for sale on the Fourth of July.   (WCNC via AP)

(Newser) – Storage containers holding fireworks burned and exploded before dawn Thursday in a South Carolina town, forcing firefighters to dodge rockets in flight while they worked. The storage containers outside Davey Jones Fireworks in Fort Mill caught fire about 5:45am, per WSOC, causing shells and rockets to burst out of the containers, fly across a highway, and provide a display over several fireworks stands. Crews were able to douse the flames in about 45 minutes, and no one was injured.

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A cause of the fire was not immediately determined; the stand's owner said he's working with investigators. Davey Jones Fireworks' website says, per the Charlotte Observer: "We have Artillery Shells, Assortments, Firecrackers/Salutes, Fountains, Multi Shots, Heavy Weight Multi Shots, Novelties, Roman Candles, and more." The owner of a neighboring fireworks stand thinks there are several possibilities. "Somebody was bored, somebody wanted to see a show, somebody was drunk," he said. (Read more fireworks stories.)

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