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Explosion said to be part of riverfront fireworks show

Jul. 04, 2013 @ 12:33 AM

HUNTINGTON — An explosion during the Dawg Dazzle fireworks show Wednesday night at Harris Riverfront Park simply was a part of the show, according to Reeves Kirtner, operations manager with Kindred Communications.

A fireball erupted from the area where the fireworks were being launched toward the end of the show on a sidewalk at the park, just feet away from where several bystanders were watching it.

The fireball was large enough to be seen by people in the parking garages at Pullman Square.

When asked about the blast, Kirtner said it was “part of the show, and it was planned.”

Firefighters from Huntington’s Centennial Fire Station were on hand at the show as a precaution, and a firefighter who was at the scene corroborated Kirtner’s statement following the show, saying emergency crews were aware of it beforehand.

Cabell County 911 dispatchers said no one was transported from the park with any injuries following the show.

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