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

(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.

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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