News

Fireworks plant explodes in Washington state

Fireworks plant explodes in Washington state

FIREWORKS:The plant explosion killed one person and injured others.

SEATTLE (Reuters) – An explosion at Washington state fireworks plant killed a 74-year-old man and injured two others as workers were loading shells onto a truck headed to a show, a Thurston County dispatcher and local media said.

Fire officials were alerted to the blast, which destroyed a nearly 400-square-foot cloth-walled area and part of a large truck, just before 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday, a Thurston County dispatcher said On Thursday.

Local media named the company as Tenino-based Entertainment Fireworks, which according to its website produces professional fireworks shows and is the largest fireworks company based in Washington State.

The company, located south of Seattle, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The cause of the explosion ahead of the busy Fourth of July holiday marked by nationwide pyrotechnic displays was not immediately known, the dispatcher said.

It was being investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the state Department of Labor and Industries, media reported.

The injured were transported to area hospitals, the dispatcher said.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Sofina Mirza-Reid)

Recent Headlines

in National

Sears to close stores, lay off thousands of employees

Fresh
sears

Sears will lay off at least 5,457 employees and close more than 100 stores, many before Christmas.

in Sports

Thursday’s Sports Minute

sanfran

A look at the big sports stories you'll be talking about today, Thursday, Oct. 23.

in National, World

U.S.-led air strikes kill hundreds of militants

Updated
airstrikes

Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 521 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria.

in Sports

The NCAA may be out some big cash

obannon

The bill has come in for former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon's successful court challenge of the NCAA, and it's a whopper.

in Sports

NBA draft lottery won’t be changing

nba

The changes sought to distribute the odds more evenly among the non-playoff teams.