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UPDATE: 4 Dead, 1 Injured in Tragic Fireworks Explosion


The Virginian-Pilot is reporting that two more workers have died from injuries sustained when a truck loaded with fireworks exploded on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The workers were apparently employed by Melrose South Pyrotechnics of Catawba, S.C. Melrose was going to provide the island’s annual Independence Day fireworks display.


WAVY video.

One worker died at the scene. Of the other four injured workers, two were apparently airlifted to the Jaycee Burn Unit at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and two were airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C.

One of the workers taken to the burn center and one of the workers taken to Pitt Memorial subsequently died according to reports.

Several government agencies are investigating the explosion including the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the SBI. Ferry service to the island was closed to the public for several hours.

UPDATE 7/5/09: Sadly the death toll in yesterday’s explosion rose to 4 this morning.


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    I know the female victim’s sister who has been devastated by this tragedy. Apparently she was a single moher who has left behind an 8 year old son. Hearts are heavy and we can only pray for peace and understanding for all of the victim’s friends and families. This holiday will never be the same for any of them.

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    Sharon I can only imagine the shock everyone who knew these folks must be feeling now. The thought of an 8-year-old losing his Mom is awful. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please let me know if a fund is set up for the young man and I will publish the details here. God bless!