LA GRANGE, N.C. — One person is dead and three firefighters were hurt when a brush fire on a North Carolina farm caused fireworks to ignite and explode on Friday, authorities said.
Firefighters were dispatched as flames from a field being burned off spread and approached a nearby building. The blaze detonated the fireworks stored in a container, according to multiple media outlets.
WTVD, our affiliate station in Raleigh, reported La Grange Volunteer Fire Department, North Lenoir Fire & Rescue and the North Carolina Forest Service were responding to calls about a structure fire on Bulltown Road in La Grange.
The fireworks exploded shortly after officials arrived hurting four and damaging fire department equipment, according to WTVD.
Randy Herring, of Lenoir County, was identified as the victim who died in the explosion, according to reporting by WCTI. He was a representative for the property and was seriously hurt during the explosion before dying from the injuries, the Associated Press reported.
One of the other hurt firefighters was in critical condition, according to the AP. The other two firefighters have been released from the hospital.
The Associated Press Contributed to this report.
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