Since we aren’t too far removed from the fireworks of July 4th, I thought I would share one more fireworks explosion. This guy made it away with his life…barely. NEVER stick your head directly over the top of a firework. That is like staring down the barrel of a gun in the hand of someone suffering from epilepsy.
Two more people died from the fireworks explosion we reported yesterday. The original report is here.You can read more about the third and fourth victims who died at the hospital due to injuries sustained in the explosion here. One more remains injured.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has determined that the explosion was accidental, a bureau spokesman said Sunday.
The blast occurred at approximately 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Ocracoke campus of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, near the island’s South Ferry Terminal. Officials weren’t sure what caused the load to ignite, said Hyde County Manager Carl Classen.
While checking out the World News tonight I noticed another fireworks explosion…this time in North Carolina. An earlier post detailed several large fireworks explosions caught on tape here. This time it was while the fireworks were being unloaded. The interesting thing is that while I was working tonight we had a standby at our local fireworks show. I noticed how the fireworks company had utilized 2 Ryder trucks to transport the fireworks from wherever the company keeps them. I do not know if they make their own or purchase from a larger company. I didn’t take the time to look, but I did wonder if the trucks had placards for the explosives they were transporting. I also realized how the shit would hit the fan if we were to have a call for a similar truck that caught fire. That would be a bad day!
Unfortunately, 2 men lost their lives in this explosion and three others injured. Two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation and exhaustion, and the planned fireworks show was obviously cancelled to for the town of Ocracoke.
The explosion also posed other logistical issues. Ocracoke is surrounded by water and transport there is by ferry. The explosion was described as 40 minutes of fireworks that went off in 4 seconds.
As always when I report on “news” I check out Firegeezer and of course they beat me to it. Check out their coverage here.
There is also plenty of coverage over at the Pilotonline.com.
In honor of our Independence, I give you some of the largest fireworks disasters, fireworks factory fires, and other fireworks explosions. Your Happy Medic wrote a post about how he really likes fireworks left to the professionals, and I guess I should think the same. However, I must admit that during my childhood we had a lot of fun with them. Having lived in various States growing up, we have been around various levels of legal fireworks. Just remember that fireworks are explosives and can injure, maim, or even kill.
Unfortunately, I will be working on the 4th of July and even worse I will not be able to have the family to the station to watch fireworks. Instead, I will be in a closed area near our City’s fireworks show making sure that nothing goes awry. Needless to say, if any of these disasters occur as in the videos below then I will be found with my head between my legs kissing my ass goodbye…charred…burnt…and dead.
Videos below…be safe