(Reuters) – Fireworks in preparation for a Fourth of July spectacular ignited at a Texas warehouse on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring four and destroying the building where they were stored, officials said.
The accident happened near the town of Gilmer in preparation for the Independence Day fireworks in the nearby town of Kilgore, both located in the rural county of Upshur, around 200km east east of Dallas.
“Right from our first interviews with one particular survivor, there was an ignition while they were working on it, and then it all happened very quickly,” said David Hazel, chief deputy of the county sheriff’s office. Upshur.
The state fire marshal was investigating, Hazel said.
The ignition started a “significant fire” which destroyed the building, he said.
The Kilgore fireworks display has been cancelled.