A deadly fireworks explosion occurred at a high school in Texas on Thursday. One person was killed and four other persons were injured on at a high school in the central portion of the state, according to a USA Today report on Thursday. The incident occurred at approximately 9 a.m. while persons were setting up materials for an Independence Day fireworks show which was to be presented July 4.
Specifically, the explosion occurred at Comanche High School as crews were setting up the tubes that contain the actual fireworks, according to KHOU-TV. Marcus Nettleton, the Comanche Volunteer Fire Department lieutenant, said that the dead person and the injured persons were all local community members. He said that the persons were helping with the display which the local Kiwanis Club has put on for the community for over 20 years.
Besides the death and injuries, two vehicles were set on fire. Also, the trailer which held the fireworks was destroyed in the explosion. Reportedly, there were two licensed pyro-technicians on the scene who were working on the show’s preparations at the time of the blast.
The trailer containing the fireworks exploded on the baseball field located right next to the school. City Development Director Jackie Stewart said that there was first an explosion, and then a trailer and some vehicles caught on fire following the blast. She asserted that four persons were injured in total. Three of the four, she claims, are in critical condition. The Comanche Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture agency said that the Fourth of July fireworks show has been cancelled due to tragic circumstances. Comanche, Texas is a town with approximately 4,300 residents in it. It is located in the central portion of Texas, about 100 miles southeast of Fort Worth which is about halfway between Abilene and Waco.