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New Mexico fireworks explosion injures 12 firefighters

06 June 2019

An explosion at a fireworks storage area at Roswell International Air Center in New Mexico on June 5 injured 12 firefighters, one with critical and another with serious injuries, according to local police. Ten others were treated on scene for minor injuries.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The firefighters were packaging fireworks in the storage area for an upcoming Fourth of July display when the explosion occurred.

Images from the scene showed a black plume of smoke rising from the area. Fire crews continued to work on hotspots across the site late in the day.

Officials are investigating the cause but the blast appears to be accidental, police said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is assisting state police in the investigation and the FBI's New Mexico field office has offered assistance.

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