Fireworks Explosion on NC Island Kills 2, Hurts 3

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) - A second worker has died from injuries he
suffered after a fireworks truck exploded on a remote North Carolina Island.

A spokesman for a Chapel Hill burn center says the worker died about six hours after the blast Saturday morning.

Hyde County spokeswoman Jamie Tunnell says three other workers
were injured when the truck exploded as the workers prepared for
the annual Independence Day fireworks display on the Ocracoke Island docks.

The men worked for Melrose South Pyrotechnics near Rock Hill, S.C. The company has sent an official to work with investigators.

The explosion was heard across Ocracoke village and a witness said it looked like 40 minutes worth of fireworks went off in four seconds.

The island is only accessible by boat and ferry.

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