08/26/09 139 W - + 11 - 7 Report Released on Ocracoke Fireworks Explosion

As this Virginia-Pilot article reports, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has identified the source of the fatal fireworks explosion on Ocracoke Island. The July 4 explosion killed four of five workers preparing for a fireworks show. The fifth member survived with burns to 20 percent of his body. The report says that the crew was inside of a truck filled with explosives, and they were inserting electric igniters into the fireworks when a small explosion occurred, and which led to a larger explosion. Why were they working inside the truck? The reason might have been that the ground was wet, having been sprayed by the fire department. However, notes one industry professional, the dangerous work of a fireworks team is typically done outdoors, for obvious safety reasons. Read the entire article.

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