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Two men killed in fireworks explosion, four
August 26, 2005
CRESTLINE, Kan. - A fireworks
explosion killed two men and injured four others while they were
loading a mobile trailer that was bound for a public fireworks display
in St. Louis, Missouri.
Faron Trey Robinson, 27, along with
Daniel Lee Groves, 28, both of Scammon, were killed in the explosion
that occurred about 10:11 a.m. Thursday morning at the Fireworks
Spectacular storage site on Wyandotte Road.
Six workers were moving fireworks from
a fireworks magazine in a trailer onto a mobile trailer to be transported,
said Paul Marquardt, public information officer with the federal
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Kansas City,
Injured in the explosion were Cody
Soper, 21, of Columbus, who was still listed in critical condition,
and Craig Banke, 32, of Cherokee, whose condition was upgraded to
good. Both are at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield.
Ryan Holding, 24, Columbus, who had
second-degree burns, was released Thursday from the hospital, while
Michael Lee Dalton Jr., 34, who sustained minor injuries in the
explosion, did not seek immediate medical attention, authorities
Michael Marietta, one of the owners
of the family-owned Fireworks Spectacular, based in Pittsburg, Kan.,
said what is called an electric squib was attached to the shells
when they were being loaded, but that was common practice.
"To my understanding, they had
no idea of what caused this," Marietta said about the investigation.
Marquardt said witnesses said a box
made a noise and then exploded. That explosion caused the other
boxes to explode and burn. He said any number of things could have
caused the first box to explode. The continuing investigation is
focusing on trying to determine what caused the first explosion.