Static Electricity Suspected
in Texas Fireworks Explosion that Killed Three
July 7, 2003
explosion, possibly related to static electricity was responsible
for three deaths and the destruction of a fireworks warehouse in
the small Texas town of Kilgore. The explosion destroyed the offices
of Lamb Entertainment near the downtown area as the company was
preparing for a fireworks show for the July 4th Celebrations.
Two of the victims were identified
as employees of the company. The third victim was identified as
the father of the warehouse owner.
The bodies of the victims were found inside the ruins of the warehouse.
In addition to the three deaths, at least five other people were
injured. A spokesman for Laird Memorial Hospital in Kilgore, said
that the five injuries were minor, mostly cuts and scrapes. But
the full extent of the injuries were not yet known.
Justin Singh, owner of a convenience
store located a half mile away from the warehouse said that, "It
was bad, people were all running scared. This is a small town. This
never happens here."
The Mayor of Kilgore Joe T. Parker said that, "It's pretty
bad. We've got houses in the neighborhood damaged, people out of
their houses, and we're still fighting a fire although we've got
the explosives contained, we believe.
Kilgore's Public Safety Director Ronnie Moore said that the blast
shot fireworks and other debris for several blocks and damaged or
destroyed six homes and displaced about 25 people. The Kilgore Police
Department evacuated an area around the explosion for several blocks.
The Red Cross is helping people find a place to stay. Kilgore is
located about 115 miles southeast of Dallas.
The blast occurred only a day after a truck loaded with fireworks
exploded into flames in a Florida Gulf Coast town, killing five