12 firefighters injured in fireworks explosion in New Mexico

Police say two of the firefighters suffered critical injuries and were taken via air ambulance to a trauma center


By Associated Press

ROSWELL, N.M. — A dozen firefighters were injured in an explosion at a fireworks storage area in eastern New Mexico.

State police and officials with the city of Roswell say the blast happened around noon Wednesday at the Roswell International Air Center as firefighters were boxing fireworks for an upcoming Fourth of July show.

State police and officials with the city of Roswell say the blast happened around noon Wednesday at the Roswell International Air Center as firefighters were boxing fireworks for an upcoming Fourth of July show. (Photo/City of Roswell Fire Department)
State police and officials with the city of Roswell say the blast happened around noon Wednesday at the Roswell International Air Center as firefighters were boxing fireworks for an upcoming Fourth of July show. (Photo/City of Roswell Fire Department)

Police say two of the firefighters suffered critical injuries and were taken via air ambulance to a trauma center. The others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Authorities do not know what caused the blast.

Federal and local authorities are assisting state police in the investigation. The state fire marshal also was en route to the scene.

Images from the scene showed a black plume of smoke rising from the area. Crews continued to work hotspots Wednesday afternoon.

 

Prayer Vigil for Roswell Firefighters that were injured in today’s accident.

Posted by City of Roswell, NM Government on Wednesday, June 5, 2019
 

An explosion occurred around 12:15 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 5) in a fireworks storage area on the west side of the...

Posted by City of Roswell, NM Government on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

 

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