A truckload of fireworks intended for the city’s Independence Day display exploded Tuesday afternoon, injuring one worker, a police dispatcher said. A few of the fireworks had been unloaded from the truck to set up the display, but most were still on board when the explosion occurred, she said.
The worker, an employee of the company that was putting on the city’s aerial display, was burned in the explosion and was taken by medical helicopter to a Joplin, Mo., hospital, the dispatcher said.
The worker was treated at the hospital and released, according to John Marietta, who owns Jake’s Fireworks.
Marietta, a former teacher of the worker’s, said his company was not handling the display.
Independence police were investigating what caused the explosion, Fire Chief Dale Rail said.
The city’s fireworks display was canceled, the police dispatcher said.